Leslie Matiacio, Contemporary Artist in Acrylic Painting
Matiacio calls her work Impressionist Pop Art. She says, “I like the idea of editing visual information. When I paint, I think about the question, what is the least information I can show to give the viewer the impression of what I am painting ? For example, what is it that makes a bumper look made out of chrome, or what makes a headlight look shiny?”
One of the artist’s favorite subjects is vintage cars and trucks, but she also paints still life, portraits, and landscapes. The pop art influence on her work shows through the use of popular cultural images, with bright colors and complementary schemes.
Matiacio loves to use colors mixed with neutrals. She does not use black in her paintings, preferring to mix her own darks. She uses bright colors as the underpainting so that they will peek through the final works. She states, “I want my work to be engaging, nostalgic, and fun for the viewer”.
The artist has been creating since she was a child and took her first painting lessons at the age of 9. She majored in Art Education in college and has been teaching art for over 20 years. She feels it is important to be a working artist as well as a teacher, so that she might encourage her students to pursue their artistic endeavors.
- PRESCOTT STUDIO TOUR, October 2020
- ARTIST, Art² Gallery, Prescott, AZJune 2019-June 2020
- FEATURED ARTIST on @ecstace, December 2019
- LIVE AUCTION for Breast Cancer hosted by Summit 4 x 4, Prescott, AZ,October 2019
- GUEST ARTIST, Art², Prescott, AZ, July 2018
- GUEST ARTIST, GALLERY 195 - Boerne, TX July 2017
- BOERNE BIERFEST SILENT AUCTION - April 2017
- CHRISTMAS IN COMFORT - Live Paint , Nov. 26, 2016 at the 8th Street Market.
- PEACE, LOVE, & ART - Pop-Up Gallery at the 8th Street Market in Comfort, TX. November 1, 2016- Jan. 1, 2017
- ARTIST - Texas Treasures Art & Artisans Gallery, 2014-2015
- HILL COUNTRY INVITATIONAL - Cana Ballroom, Oct. 2015
- BOERNE PARADE OF ARTISTS - River South Art & Design Center, April 2015
- MONROE MAY ARTWALK - Live paint, March 2015
- JONES WINTER ART EXTRAVAGANZA - Live Paint, Jan. 2014
- FREEDOM OF ART - Art at the Jalapeno, HighWire Gallery, San Antonio, TX, July 2014
- ARTISTS AT WORK - Singing Waters Vineyard, Comfort, TX, September 2013 & 2012
- BOERNE ART FEST - Live Paint, May 2013
- BOERNE VISITORS CENTER - August 2013
- ART AT THE POINT - The Point Park & Eats Art House, July 2012
- ARTISTS WHO TEACH - La Vida Gallery, San Antonio, TX, Aug. 2012
- N.I.S.D. ARTFEST - Live paint, May 2012
- Member, AAEA (Arizona Art Education Association)
- Member, Boerne Professional Artists
- Member, Boerne Art League
- National Art Education Association
- Texas Art Education Association
- Member, Hill Country Council for the Arts