Matthew Gualco – Brooklyn, New York

Letters To a Young Actress

“Letters To a Young Actress”
Type and illustration on paper
illustrations by Brain Henkel

Briefly describe the work you do.

My work forms an allusive hybrid between drawing and literature by interjecting the subject matter with literature and symbols.  There is rawness in the manner that is within the understanding of the viewer. Based on my experiences and everyday life, I portray society with all of its imperfections that we all enjoy.  Society is placed starkly into traditional literary formats of screenplays, prose and poetry.

Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.

I was born an artist like Surperman was born Superman (My least favorite superhero)



The concept of the “artist studio” has a broad range of meanings, especially in contemporary practice. The idea of the artist toiling away alone in a room may not necessarily reflect what many artists do from day to day anymore. Describe your studio practice and how it differs from (or is the same as) traditional notions of “being in the studio.”

Being in studio is not being in studio for me. My day to day is what is outside your window the wildlife of our culture that we enjoy the ups and downs the down and dirty of the every day life we live. Just take a walk your street and you will be in my “studio”

 Cera on Serra

“Cera on Serra”
digital photo

What unique roles do you see yourself as the artist playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?

Did Bruce Wayne envision himslef being Batman? (favorite superhero) ( and he has no superpowers) ( Thank god he is being rich)

When do you find is the best time of day to make art? Do you have time set aside every day, every week or do you just work whenever you can? 

I have really wired best and the worst of time to make my art. Its really whenever when when nature calls to me or whenever a celebrity death/rebirth happens on the internet.

How has your work changed in the last five years? How is it the same?

Its changes a lot it has changed over and over in the last five years I was a painter at one point of my life.

Matthew's Studio

Matthew’s Studio

Are there people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers or even pop icons that have had an impact on the work you do?

My artist friends: Rachel Mack,Conrad Guevara,Clayton Skidmore,Ayla Rexroth,Brian Henkel,Russell Shoemaker,Mike Kelly, Daniel Johnston and Philip Guston

If you had an occupation outside of being an artist, what would that be and why?

I would like to be a baseball manager.

Matthew Soctt Gualco Headshot Matthew Gualco

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission. 

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