Kunstverein Braunschweig
Hotel Dodo, Braunschweig, DE
March 10th – May 21st 2023

Luís Lázaro Matos

Apparently lighthearted and playful, Luís Lázaro Matos’ works actually investigate complex dynamics dealing with current social and philosophical constructions shaping contemporary forms of narrative. In his lush and colourful graphic figurations humor and drama coexist, opening up discourses which allude to both intimate and social dynamics, often dealing with identity politics and queerness. As metaphorical portraits of today’s communal aesthetic, imbued with his personal experiences as a digital native, Luís Lázaro Matos’ works reveal shared emotional images.

Luís Lázaro Matos was born in 1987 in Évora, Portugal. He lives and works between Lisbon and Brussels.

He obtained the degree in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon University in 2010, and the BA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College, London, in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include: Hotel Dodo, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig (2023); Une vague joyeuse/Uma onda feliz, BoCA, Faro (2021); Seabed Monsters and the Cosmic Rays, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2021); Waves and Whirlpools, Galeria Municipal do Porto (2020);
Summer Waterfalls & Autumn Leaves, Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2019); Zoo, Casa da Cerca, Almada (2019);

Notes on Cosmic Pluralism, 1646, Den Haag (2019); Dancing Followers, Combo, Milan (2019); WHITE SHARK CAFE, Bastide Projects, Marseille (2018); Tomber dans le lac, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2018); SMILE YOU ARE IN SPAIN STUDIO PART I, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2017); Super Gibraltar, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2015).

Selected group exhibitions include: ARS22, Kiasma Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki (2022); Mesclado, The Cera Project, Espaço Espelho d’Água, Lisbon (2020); A Terceira Imagem. Bienal Ano Zero, Coimbra (2019); There’ll Never Be a Door. You’re Inside – Works from the Coleção Teixeira de Freitas, Sala de Arte Santander, Fundación Santander, Madrid (2019); Cave Myths (Endless Spelunking) Quatzal Art Centre, Vila de Frades (2019); Haus Wittgenstein: Art Architecture & Philosophy, MAAT, Lisbon (2018); Untitled (HowDoes it Feel) Walk & Talk Azores (2018); Artist’s Film International, MAAT, Lisbon / Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); 10000 anos depois entre Vénus e Marte, Galeria Municipal do Porto (2017); Tão Alto Quanto os Olhos Alcançam, Forum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora (2015).

In 2013, Lázaro Matos was shortlisted for the Premio EDP Novos Artistas. In 2019, he was awarded the On Demand Prize at Miart 2019 for his project The Fictional Passengers.