Matias Duville works with objects, videos and installations, although his practice is mainly concieved through and from the act of drawing. His works evoke bleak scenes with timeless and rarified atmospheres as the ones proceeding a cataclysm: hurricanes, seaquakes or situations of abandonment in the woods. They work as the oniric vision of a wandering explorer: a mental landscape. His images seem to be the impossible consequence of dreams, where the lack of human presence reveals an oniric state of the mind that reminds us to fairytales and stories of a forgotten past. In that sense, Duville takes the natural destruction as a reference, re-directing and modifying it, at the same time he generates his own serie of redesigned disasters.

The change in the natural chaos’ dynamics creates a large serie of encounters, in which natural laws get confusing. This succession of ideas have as a result a body of work that is a reflection of Duville’s convulsive images. The geographic areas created by the artist do not belong to this world, but they are closer to the idea of mental landscapes; a sort of conquest of the territoryor mental travel.

His work is characterized by the experimentation regarding supports and materials.

Through expressive strokes and procedures of certain brutality, Duville impacts in the surface leaving his footprints in the representation, marks in which matter and landscape are combined. The tension between opposites, the mutation and the element of time are some of the topics present in his latest works.

Project in Rio de Janeiro

“Matías Duville works mainly with drawing, collage and sculpture, in each of which a part of his private universe is revealed, a window to his mind. His work represents an abstract thought, forms figured by the infinite and the indefinite.

According to the artist, these pieces travel in the space between matter and emptiness. Exploring the landscape as a working method in Duville’s production can produce an instantaneous reaction or resurge after a long period of time.

Rio de Janeiro, location where he is doing the Inclusartiz Institute residency, is taken here as a source of potential content. The first step is to prepare the stage to capture the essence of context intuitively.”

More Informations

Buenos Aires, Argentine. 1974.



LARA. Latin America Roaming Art. Galapagos Islands. Ecuador.


FLORA. Honda. Colombia.


Sam Art Project. Paris. France.


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. USA.

Skowhegan Residency. Scholarship. USA.


Ibere Camargo Residency. Porto Alegre. Brazil.


Revolver art Residency. Lima. Peru.


Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Italy.


RIAA. International Artists Residency in Argentina. Ostende. Buenos Aires.


Visual arts scholarship. Fundación Antorchas. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


Workshop Program for Visual Arts. Centro Cultural Rojas. UBA / Kuitca. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


TRAMA. Program of cooperation amongst artists. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


Visual arts scholarship. Fondo Nacional de las Artes. Buenos Aires. Argentine.

2001-2002 Studies with Jorge Macchi supported by Fundación Antorchas. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


Fundación Antorchas. Scolarship. Buenos Aires. Argentine.

Art Direction-Advertising. UCES. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


Visual art studies at the Martín Malharro Superior school of Visual Arts. Mar del Plata. Argentine.


Individual Exhibitions / projects.


“Romance Atómico”. Barro Gallery. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


“Mutações” MAM. Rio. Brazil.

“Escenario, proyectil”. Luisa Strina Gallery. Sao Paulo. Brazil.

“Arena Parking”. CCRecoleta Sala Cronopios. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


“Precipitar una especie”. Barro Gallery. Buenos Aires. Argentine.

“Karma-Secuencia-Deriva”. Revolver Gallery. Lima. Peru.

“Life in an instant”. Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois. Paris. France.


“Alaska”. Book Launch edited by Drawing Center. Drawing Center. New York. USA.

“Discard Geography”. Ecole de beaux arts. Chapelle des Petits-Augustins. Paris.


“Safari”. Malba. Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Argentine.


“Los martes menta”. Revolver Gallery. Lima. Peru.


“Whistle”. Nueveochenta Gallery. Bogotá. Colombia.


“Esto fue otro lugar”. Luisa Strina Gallery. Sao Paulo. Brazil.


“El aullido del cristal”. Alberto Sendros Gallery. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


“Safari en el crepúsculo”. Distrito 4 Gallery. Madrid. Spain.


“Descampado”. Revolver Gallery. Lima. Peru.


“Una Escena Perdida”. Alberto Sendros Gallery. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


“Cover”. MUSAC. Laboratorio 987. Castilla y León. Spain.


“Propulsión”. Baro Cruz Gallery. Sao Paulo. Brazil.


“Autocine”. Macro. Rosario. Argentine.


“Travelling”. Alberto Sendros Gallery. Buenos Aires. Argentine. Curator. Jorge Macchi.

Collective Exhibitions / projects.


“The Valise”. MoMA, NY, USA.


“Objectif Vidéo Nice”. Festival d`art video. Nice. France.

“Everything you are I am not”. Tiroche deleon collection at MANA Glass Gallery. New Jersey. USA

“Public”. Art Basel. Miami. USA.


“Intrigantes incertitudes”. Le Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne. France.

“Figuratism”. Jens Hoffmann. ArtBo. Bogotá. Colombia.

“U-Turn”. Arte BA. Buenos Aires, Argentine.

“My Buenos Aires”. Maison rouge. Paris. France.


“The First and Last Freedom”. MOT International London. UK.

“Autodestrucción 4”. Collaboration. Abraham Cruzvillegas. Thomas Dane Gallery. London. UK.


“Prix Canson”. Finalist. Petit Palet. Paris. France.

“La Distance Juste”. Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois. Paris. France.

“Of bridges and borders”. Valparaiso. Chile.


“Art on Paper 2012 The 42nd Exhibition Weatherspoon Art Museum”. North Caroline. USA.

“Tenth parallel”. Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio. Modena. Italy.


“Reformation 2011”. Skowhegan. Maine. USA.


“First and last, Notes on the monument “. Luisa Strina Gallery. Sao Paulo. Brazil.

“Smart Exhibition”. Freedom Tower. Miami. USA.

“Modelos para armar”. MUSAC. Spain.


“Vamos”. Nueveochenta Gallery. Bogota. Colombia.

“Huesped”. MUSAC Collection. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Buenos Aires. Argentine.

“Destructivo Arte”. Centro Cultural Borges. Buenos Aires. Argentine.

“Escuelismo”. MALBA. Buenos Aires. Argentine.

“Benefit auction-Drawing Center”. New York. USA.


“Narrative/Non-Narrative: Contemporary Artists from the CIFO Programs”. Miami. USA.


“Signos de existencias”. Museum of Contemporary Art. de Santiago de Chile.


“Run for your life”. Diverse Works art space. Houston. USA.


“Interfaces”. Fondo Nacional de las Artes. Buenos Aires. Argentine.


“Panoramix”. PROA. Buenos Aires. Argentine.

Public Collections

MOMA. Museum of Modern Art. NY. USA.

Pathy Cisneros Collection. NY. USA.

Tate Modern. London. UK.


MALBA. Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Argentine.

MAMBA. Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. Argentine.

Tiroche De Leon Collection. Jaffa. Israel.

MUSAC. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León. Spain.

MALI. Museo de Arte de Lima. Peru.

Fundación ARCO. Madrid. Spain.

MACRO. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario. Argentine.

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio. Modena. Italy.

Selected Monographs and other publications.

The Valise-MoMa. 2016.

Mutações. MAM(Rio). Exhibition catalog Matias Duville. 2015.  

Hogar. Matias Duville. KBB. 2015.

VitaminD2. Phaidon. New Perspectives in Drawings. 2013.

Alaska. Drawing Center. Matias Duville edited by Brett Littman. 2013.

Might be good, Issue #194. Matias Duville Interviewed by Ursula Davila. 2012.

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio. Collection catalogue. Italy. 2011.

Creamier. Phaidon. Contemporary Art in Culture. 2010.

Esto Fue otro lugar. Matias Duville. KBB. 2010.

Snow–blind. Modern Painters Magazine-Brett Littman. 2010.

Of Bridges & Borders. jrp/ringier. 2010.

Discursive Variants. MUSAC Collection. 2010.

Bomb Magazine. Guillermo Kuitca By Matias Duville. 2009.

MUSAC. Laboratorio 987. Exhibition catalog. 2007.