Matthew Broussard

Matthew Broussard

Matthew Broussard, is an internationally known artist, born in 1963 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA.

He was raised in Dallas, Texas where he also began his art studies by attending the Arts Magnet High School at Booker T. Washington in Dallas. In 1987 he completed his studies with a BFA cum laude in sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

For 7 years Matthew was dividing his time, or vagabonding as he expresses it himself, between North America and Europe and he considers those years as an important part of his artistic education.

He finally settled in Italy in 1992.

Over the years Matthew Broussard has been exhibited in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Sweden and USA. He has participated in many art competitions, where he also has won several prizes, and his work has found admirers worldwide, from private collectors to Italian cities which have commissioned him to create permanent public installations.

Matthew expresses his art in sculptures, paintings and installations using a wide variety of materials, techniques and styles. He has a burning interest in seeing exceptional qualities in everyday life and common objects. Transforming them and creating dramatic renderings which invite the viewer to look with attention at things which are seemingly unimportant. Aesthetics are both a limit and the final goal towards which Matthew Broussard works: the aesthetics of plain worthless objects, those things from which no-one expects beauty. There are paintings in gold leaf on steel, paintings on old road signs and old bed sheets. Sometimes the material suggests a painting to him, and at other times he chooses the material to convey a subject, his works have a history and the things represented seem to take on a personality.

Matthew is convinced that everything we make, consume or do is supported by a complex historical, social and sensorial subtext. Nothing has a fixed and inherent meaning, but all meaning is applied, and usually applied collectively. Much of his work is an attempt to weaken the subtext of meaning to the surface, firm in his belief that, in the long run, you can’t hide your tracks. It might be tempting to say that there is some degree of politics in his work. In one sense yes, as he often tries to encourage viewers to consider how they affect and are affected by the world in a social sense, but he would like the social aspects to express themselves on a personal level, rather than an institutional level. Because if one clear gesture can spark a complex series of questions, then perhaps viewers will be more ready to have those questions sparked again. As he himself says; “there is nothing more complex than clarity”.

Selected important solo exhibitions:

“Redneck”, de freo gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2011

“Matthew Broussard”, de freo gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2009

“Some domestic objects”, Il Chiosco, cultural association, Padua, Italy, 2009

“Disjointed signals”, Arte Sì di Laura Cappecchi, Florence, Italy, 2005

“Trippin”, Installation and drawing/photography exhibition at Gheroartè Cultural Association, Corsico, Milan, Italy, 2004

“Isola d’oro”, Land Art installation in the river Roncaijette at Ponte S. Nicolò, Padua, Italy, 2003 – this installation was made possible by a grant from the Gunk Foundation for public art

“Contemporaneamente”, 2-person exhibition, Korè arte contemporanea, Vicchio, Italy, 2003

“Serra”, Sculpture Installation Imbarcadero, S. Giuliano, Mestre, Venice, Italy, 2002

“Self-portrait”, Casa di Tolleranza, Milan, Italy, 2002

“Fabbrica: Matthew Broussard’s latest gadgets”, Galleria Santa Barbara, Milan, Italy, 2001

“Cabinet: sculture possible di Matthew Broussard”, Ca’ dei Ricchi, Treviso, Italy, 2001

“Source”, installation in collaboration with Anne Bevan, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, 2001

“Don’t play with your food”, Mulino Docks Dora, Rogoredo, Milan, Italy, 2001

Selected important group exhibitions and competitions:

“Frost”, de freo gallery, Simrishamn, Sweden, 2010

“Midsummer D”, de freo gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy, 2010

”Nothing gold can stay”, de freo gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy, 2009

Fall Group Exhibition, de freo gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2008

“Clicking the Territory: Window of lights and darkness”, Tenuta Bertottina, Vespolate, Italy, 2008

“Clicking the Territory: Window of lights and darkness”, Villa Maioni e La Casa del Lago, Verbania, Italy, 2008

International Symposium for Visual Poetry, Gubbe Rosse, Florence, Italy, 2008

“8 dan”, Kortil Municipal Gallery, Fiume, Croatia, 2007

“Sedem dan stvaranja”, invitational art festival, Pazin, Croatia, 2007

“Works on paper”, National juried competition, Long Beach Island, Foundation Loveladies, New Jersey, USA, 2007

“Premio Luigi Bara Tella”, winner of critics’ prize, painting and sculpture competition, Lorreggia, Italy, 2006

“Arttrazione”, Galleria Artesi, Florence, Italy, 2006

“Premio Libero Ferretti, invitational competition hosted in 2 venues at the University of Ancona and “La Permanente” in Milan, Italy, 2005

“TRAME: Tagliamento Riversides Arts Meetings and Events”, exhibition sponsored by the WWF with installations in the riverbed of the Tagliamento river at San Daniele di Friuli, Italy, 2005

“SoHo International Competition”, Agora Gallery, New York, USA, 2004

“Contemporaneamente”, Palazzo Panciantichio, Florence, Italy, 2004

“Hotel Pupik”, artist residency and exhibition, Schrattenberg castle St. Lorenzen bei Scheifling, Austria, 2003

“Variazioni in corso”, 5 person exhibition, O’Artoteca, Milan, Italy, 2003

“Premio passaggia nord-ovest”, exhibition of 1st , 2nd and 3rd prize winners of the VII (2002) edition of the sculpture competition Silvy Bassanese contemporary art Biella, Italy 2003

“Northwest passages”, European edition of the same public sculpture competition, 2003

“Sassi vivaci”, 1st prize for public sculpture competition, Barge, Italy, 2002

“Raccolti differenziati”, five person exhibition at Bertholdt Brecht cultural centre, Milan and Assioma cultural centre, Prato, Italy, 2002

“Still life”, Galleria ABC, Milan, Italy, 2002

“Passggio a nord-ovest”, 1st prize of public sculpture competition, Biella, Italy, 2002

“Incanto”, five person exhibition in the Castle of Orino, Lago Maggiore, Italy, 2002

“HUA: I miei migliori amici”, O’Artoteca di Milan, Italy, 2001

“Ephemeral”, Kellogg Art Gallery, CSU Pomona, California, USA, 2001

“Ri-Fiutiamo”, Casa di Tolleranza, Milan, Italy, 2001

“Fuori dall’Isola”, Sala Comunale San Leonardo, Venice, Italy, 2000

Commissions and permanent works:

Scenic design and production for “Le Quattro Volte” (The Four Times): a feature length film by Michelangelo Frammartino, released in July 2010

Commission for an untitled public fountain in Piazza SS. Pietà, Cannobio, Piemonte, Italy, 2008

“Full Fathom Five”, purchased by the city of Verbania as a permanent public installation, Verbania, Italy, 2008

Commissioned by the city of Caulonia, Italy to create the memorial of Angelo Frammartino for the public gardens of the Villa Communale, 2007