Roberto Matta Echaurren was born in Santiago de Chile in 1911. He graduated as an architect in 1931, moved to Paris in 1935, and landed a job in Le Corbusier's architectural office. Then he switched to a different design. He befriended the inner circle of Surrealists in 1936, though by that time it was getting late: The movement had already made its most important contributions. Three years later, on the verge of world war, Matta -- along with the elite of the European avant-garde -- moved to New York. He was young and flamboyant and spoke perfect English. Without a doubt his exile seemed -- at first... More >>>