Angel F Matamoros

Angel F Matamoros

Oceanside, CA, United States

About Angel F Matamoros

I’m drawn to surfaces , the power of color, texture and shapes. My work disassembles and re-arranges images inspired by places I have a special connection with, poems, books, nature and music. While I give the paintings titles, it’s my hope that people will connect with the art in reflection of their own story. 

After making several sketches with either pencils, chalk and sometimes crayons, I move on to the canvas or panel. The work is a combination of thick paint layers and numerous thin glazes. Sometimes a collage element or typographic detail is added.

While I begin my paintings with a specific goal in mind, a majority of the time the work evolves in it’s own surprising direction. Once finished I usually discover what drove me to it in the first place.

I was born in Heredia, Costa Rica and raised in Southern California. Though I am inspired by artists from my birth country like Rafael Ángel García and Francisco Zuñíga, my greatest influences have been in the works of Picasso, Barnett Newman, Diebenkorn and Klee. To be honest, there are too many to mention.


Woodbury University, Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design,
minor in business communication 1986

El Camino College, Torrance, CA
Associate of Arts Degree, 1984

The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL
Visual Journalism & Color Theory

American Press Institute, Reston, VA
Media Design & Informational Graphics



Nan Rae Gallery, Burbank, Calif. '80 Minutes in History,' Graphic works, Oct., 2011

City Art Works - 701 Main Street, Minden, La. 'A Contrast of Art' - Sept 6th - Oct 31st, 2011

Childhood's End Gallery, Olympia, Washington, August 21 - September 27, 2009. Blake Flynn, oil on board, Angel F. Matamoros, acrylic and mixed-media.

Madera Gallery, Tacoma, Washington, August 1 - September 12, 2009. Flux, featuring paintings by Angel Matamoros.

Onda Gallery, Portland, Oregon, April 30 - May 26, 2009. Abstractions: Paintings by Angel Matamoros, sculptures by Joel Heidel

Auburn City Hall Galleries, Auburn, Washington, February 2 - February 27, 2009. Exhibition by Angel Matamoros and Susanne Werner.

Madera Gallery, Tacoma, Washington, August - September 2008. Apophenia: The spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness in unrelated phenomena.

Arts Walk XXXVI, Olympia, Washington, Spring 2008

Arts Walk XXXV, Olympia, Washington, Fall 2007

De Colores Gallery, Olympia, Washington, Winter - Spring 2006

Tully's Coffee, Old Town, Tacoma, Washington, Winter 2006

Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington, Winter 2006

Art on Center Gallery group exhibition, Tacoma, Washington, 2005-06

Arts Walk XXII, Olympia, Washington, Spring 2001

Arts Walk XXI, Olympia, Washington, Spring 2000

Capitol Theater, Olympia, Washington, Summer 2000