Matias Augusto Di Carlo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1978.
His Italian roots are imprinted with a long history in artistic iron smithery.
Very soon Matias becomes the fourth generation to continue creating with metal and fire, taking it to the level of a sculptural language of his own.
1989 – 2001 Mastery in Blacksmithing and Metal Forging techniques, and dominating the most complex and refined wrought iron and forging processes through apprenticeship in the family workshops in Argentina. Bespoke projects in Buenos Aires and Patagonia, mainly in the architectural and landscaping fields.
While largely self taught in the field of Fine Art, Di Carlo came to art making through a long process of intensive meditation and long periods of being a nature wonderer as well as mastering the art of mountain climbing. After spending long periods in solitude, climbing the Patagonian mountains, Di Carlo arrived at a holistic approach art making to extend the representations of his own body and thought processes through the embodiment of sculpture. This process continues into the present day and is the key motivation and holder of balance in Di Carlo’s oeuvre.
2002 – 2003 Arrival in Spain together with his wife Andrea. In-depth study of metal modelling techniques in Italy and Spain. Experimenting with diverse methods and different types of metal and thus discovering new techniques and procedures. Working closely with his wife Andrea Di Carlo, a bespoke furniture designer, in developing concepts for contemporary cutting edge unique design production.
On the Works by Matias Di Carlo
“Matias Di Carlo’s works can best be described as playful minimalism. Having worked through a highly disciplined rigour of maquette making, sketching and understanding the complexities of form and their interaction in relation to the body, he has provoked a visual form of mathematics and has managed to show how it occupies volume in three-dimensional space. While much iron and steel as a material appear at first impenetrable and inert, Di Carlo has mastered, through long periods of alchemic experimentation, to introduce colour and warmth to the otherwise stark and uninviting surfaces. The patina that Di Carlo applies to his Corten steel works are as much a reflection of the rustic colours of the landscape of southern Spain as it is a conversation with the material itself, allowing it to speak freely and in constant change.
As Matias Di Carlo has set the course to emerge as a contemporary sculptor, he has been able to free himself from the constrains of utility as well as academia to arrive at an intuitive and direct methodology in the creation of emotion through solid form. Through long periods of meditation in and with nature, many times alone in the wilderness for months at a time, Di Carlo emerges with a holistic catalogue of thought, which is not only apparent but also physically present in the rigorous forms of his sculptures. As with all things in nature, there are hidden languages and truths. The universe itself begins with a simple instruction and constantly strives towards greater forms of complexity. Looking closely at the sculptures of Matias Di Carlo, one has a sense that many of the shapes and forms have already understood that the whole is always made up of the sum of its parts”
(Bjorn Stern 2018)