Margarette Mattos is a Brazilian abstract painter who currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her contemporary pieces reflect her innovative technique of mixing iron ore fines with acrylic paint. Her paintings are characterized by bold colors and texture contrasts incorporated into geometric and abstract shapes that often resembles windows.
Mattos is from Vitória, a city in southeast Brazil. Her career started in the early 1990’s when she was invited to participate in an art project sponsored by the Federal University of Espiríto Santo. The purpose of the exhibit, entitled Visões de Vitória, was to highlight the city’s architecture. While doing research in conjunction with this show, Mattos had her first exposure to the possibility of using iron ore to express herself as an artist. She spent many years experimenting before she found the proper way to effectively incorporate iron ore into her work without losing its luster, texture and distinctive color. In addition to iron ore she uses iron oxide, gold, copper, resins, varnishes and waxes to produce the unique textures, brightness and opacity reflected in her works.
The artist’s paintings have been exhibited in several Brazilian galleries including that of the prestigious Jo Slaviero and Guedes in São Paulo. Recently, Mattos was one of the finalists in the 2014 Brazilian International Press Awards competition in the category of Visual Arts. In the First Exhibition at Brazilian Artists of New England she received first place. Additionally, the Cambridge Art Association of which she is a member awarded her first place in the category of Small Works.