Michael Matarese graduated with honors from Delaware College of Art and Design
and from the University of Delaware, where he received the Fine Arts and Visual
Communications Faculty Award and numerous honors in juried undergraduate exhi-
bitions. Last year he was awarded a residency fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center
in Johnson, Vt. He currently teaches drawing at Delaware College of Art and Design.
His work has been exhibited in Wilmington at the eleventh and orange gallery and the
DuPont Theatre. He has participated in group shows at Gallery MC and Organization
of Independent Artists, both in New York City, and the Afif Gallery in Philadelphia. In
January, his work was part of the Arlington (Va.) Arts Center's exhibition “Fresh Paint:
Process and Possibility.” He is also the co-creator of Gallery 212, an independent stu-
dio/gallery space in downtown Wilmington.
Much of my work begins with a specific starting point, a kind of problem to solve. I generally
do not spend that much time debating the reasoning behind these starting points, though they usu-
ally represent remnants of people, be it a handprint on paper or stockpiles of post-consumer waste.
The starting points also reference the handmade quality that is essential to my work. The impor-
tant part emerges in the time and specificity put into the manipulation and embellishment of those
original starting points through all sorts of different filters--like copy machines, scanners, projec-
tors and rigorous tracings and retracings — in a way, making a mountain out of a molehill.
I generally carry out these projects within the realm of painting and drawing, although I have
been working with sculpture and installation recently and see it as being just as relevant to the
work as painting. I think the idea of elongating a certain moment in time is what always has
guided my work, no matter what the medium. Having been schooled as a painter, though, that
history is always present within my work.
Matarese will exhibit his paintings in the Delaware Division of