Tony Matelli is an American artist who lives and works in New York. He is most famous because of its extremely realistic-looking sculptures that are often presented in surrealistic positioning and are associated with the hyperrealism.
His realistic sculptures sparks controversy, apprehension, and even fear, though also a bit of laughter. That’s the thing with Matelli’s painted bronze sculptures—they’re troubling because they’re realistic—but in a skewed sort of way. It makes his art both disturbing and admirable.
“I’m interested more in a romantic idea of the work where I’m trying to find something maybe darker. I feel that I’m trying to mine my own personal experience in the world rather than talk about culture outside of me.”
See also more hyper-realistic sculptures HERE!
The type of work Tony is doing has the potential to be really powerful because people connect with it so quickly—they have the ability to empathize with it. And that’s what he wants with his creations.
He says art is just something that happens. It’s so special and unique to have a person putting a lot of energy and a lot of money on the line just to make something for you to look at for free.
His work can be somehow compared to Ron Mueck’s that you can check HERE!