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Even though I graduated from the University of Fine Arts in the department of painting (2004) I generally use a wide range of mediums for the realization of my art pieces, while I keep on making panel paintings. 


I am continuously experimenting with new materials and techniques that mostly result in new works. 


I often deal with sacred topics but the basic elements and sheer geometry are also in the focus of my attention. The themes of my works are mainly inspired by religion and art-history.


Nature and the phenomena-, and the basic elements of nature have a serious effect on my works. Artistically I often deal with materials and symptoms like reflections, water, fog and I am intent on creating pieces that are mere and clear out. 


Light also plays an important role in my works. Sometimes I just depict it but sometimes I use it to create new spaces and sometimes it appears through simple symbols.


Most of my video works are usually slow, meditative and stand from one cut.


The characteristic of them are the permanence and eternity and often have Biblical reference.


I depict well-known panel paintings with the latest technology with the tools of classic iconography which finally come together as a moving image in a 'montage way'.


I often create site-specific installations, and I really deal with the connection between the artwork and the space itself and the relation between the art piece and the viewer. These ones are often situated in sacral spaces or the works make the space to have a sacral meaning. 


Collaboration with other artists is very important for me, thinking together is more loose and fluent in many cases. The way other artist think or consider the things provides another aspect and has an effect on my own works as well.

Matrai Erik
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