©Matthias Contzen

Matthias Contzen

Matthias Contzen was born in 1964 in Aschaffenbourg, Germany.  He worked first as a musician, he played in different bands, and took multiplies trips to Europe and Africa. At the beginning of the 80’s, he started creating sculptures taking place over composing music (something that would still hold an important place in the artist’s work).

In 1987, he was accepted to the European Academy of Fine Arts in Trier, but graduates at the Sculpture Academy of Munich in 1991. He also obtains a diploma from the design department, at the Arts and Crafts Guild at the Fine Art school of Sarrebruck and won the third price at the international design contest « Cultures and materials ». Afterwards he continues his education with a bachelor in sculpture from Mayen. Matthias Contzen has been living near Lisbon, Portugal since 1998. In 2002 he was rewarded by the «  City Desk », the most prestigious portuguese sculpture price, and nominated in 2003, for the Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale in Japan. In 2009 he co-funded the Sculpture Factory, Pero Pinhero in the north of Lisbon. An open space to visitors where he is currently works amongst ten artists.

His encounter with the actress Philippine Leroy – Beaulieu brought him new perspectives towards his work.From their desire to share experiments with sound, led them towards a project : « Planet » which was presented during the Nuit Blanche 2014, Paris. It was afterwards associated to the installation « For You », a witness of their common understanding about nature. Matthias Contzen sculptures are nowadays well integrated in the public spaces : In Portugal, (Caiscais, Cantanhede, Viseu, Mafra, Madere)  but also in Germany, (Mayen), Spain (Corona), Canada (Toronto) and in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai, in the Burj Khalifat’s gardens). His sculptures are also in numerous art foundation collections as well as private collections in Europe, the United States, Brazil and India.