Painter Jiri Mateju is one of the few artists of his generation who engage exclusively in abstract art. His art does not pertain to the conceptual field but is abstraction in a sense of art which is impossible to depict working only with lines, surface and color. Employing pigment colors, Mateju achieves incredible visual effects by blending. He has developed his own type of binding agent creating a color effect which does not change with time. Abstract are even the names of his paintings which equal form, color and spirituality. Mateju’s paintings emanate a light created by color combinations and structured line, which has almost a magical effect. According to theorist Clive Bell, the “right” combination of lines and colors is a major form affecting the viewer’s emotions and perception. Relevant, however, is the artist’s manner of thinking about abstraction as well as certain rules, principles and a degree of engagement. If all these aspects are well-balanced, abstract painting can never be disappointing. Just like Zdenek Sykora, Mateju knows how to express what is impossible to express just by means of form and color and, primarily, light effects.
* 1960, Šternberk, Czech Republic