Luis Lázaro Matos´s practice often employs murals as backdrops for painting, drawing, text and video. Creating theater-like environments, the sets function as performative stages for the narratives proposed and are designed in order to establish an intense alliance with the audience: visitors no longer considered as isolated agents. His early interest in the overlaps between architecture and fiction focused on how intimate and social narratives shape the way space is experienced. Later this approach expanded to include a reflection regarding storytelling as a means to fashion not only pictorial and spatial configurations but also social norms and political agendas. Recently, Luis´s practice has progressively become more immersive, employing a multi-sensory language and including exploratory drifts with sound and music.
Luís Lázaro Matos is a visual artist and musician born in Évora 1987, living and working in Lisbon. Graduated from Art Practice at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Luis was nominated by EDP Novos artistas prize in 2013. In 2016 he won a Fulbright – Fundação Carmona e Costa scholarship to do an MFA in the U.S.A. and the production scholarship Mecénes du Sud in France. His last shows were Notes on Cosmic Pluralism at 1646 in The hague, NL, ZOO at Casa da Cerca in Almada, PT, Summer Waterfalls and Autumn Leaves at Beursschouwburg in Brussels, BE, and The Dancing Followers at Combo, Milan, IT. Luis has recently presented Waves and Whirlpools, a project hosted by Galeria Municipal do Porto and curated by Martha Kirszenbaum.
Luis will develop his next solo show at Galeria Madragoa titled Seabed Monsters which will open in May 2021. Luis will also be preparing his first monograph publication titled Poolparty which will be published in 2021.