Artist Al Matos
Al grew up in the adventurous city of Miami, Florida where vacationers and retirees would come to enjoy the warm southern climates, nearby parks, and beaches. Summer seemed to be year-round and full of opportunities for the artistically minded at heart. Al has had a love for art since he was a child. His favorite events were visiting the local art shows, nearby galleries and museums within the busy nearby cities. Art shows in Coconut Groves, Fort Lauderdale, and downtown Miami would be his favorites. Al was fascinated with the fine arts and began to develop a habit for drawing and painting at an early age.
Throughout his years in school, his fields of study would be oil and acrylic painting, commercial art, graphic design, offset lithography, relief printing, engraving, and the process of four-color printing methods. This developing passion for the arts fueled the need to acquire experience by enrolling at a graphic arts and printing technologies school. In the early 1980s Al enrolled at Miami Lakes Technological center. Upon graduation, Al was employed in the art departments of local print shops where he was able to use his talents of line work and tight render drawings as a graphic artist. Later on, Al moved to central Florida, there he joined several art organizations which included the Central Florida Plein Air Artists and the Titusville Art League.
Al continued to develop his skills and style by taking painting lessons from experience professional artists such as the late John Slater and most influential professional artist Tricia Eisen. Al’s detailed and colorful style of painting has developed through his unique blend of life experiences. This blended technique somewhat marries a photo realistic look with an impressionistic style. Always looking for ways to improve his art, Al seeks different ways to experiment with this technique.