Mati Klarwein (1932-2002)
Mati Klarwein was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1932. His father was an architect and later designed the Knesset Parliament Building in Jerusalem. His Mother was an Opera singer. The Klarwein family fled Nazi rule and settled in Isreal. Mati later studied in Paris at Ecole des Bauex Arts with Fernand Leger. Mati’s work become heavily influenced by surrealism and visionary art. He went on to be mentored by Ernst Fuchs an Austrian artist famous as a pioneer in visionary art and co-founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Ernst Fuchs taught Mati the painting techniques of the Dutch masters which he would utilize for his entire career. He spent about a third of his life in Deya on the Northern coast of Majorca in Spain. Mati describes Deya in 1983 as, “A community of misfits and artists, founded in the 1920’s by Robert Graves, he is still living there, Deya is a timeless and naked singularity.” Mati embraced the newly emerging paradigm of planetary consciousness, creative community, consciousness exploration and the arts. He love the Black American musicians like Miles Davis , Jimi Hendrix and Yusef Lateef immortalizing their images on record covers and in his art.
Mati Klarwein’s work is ecstatic vision and psychedelic cosmic consciousness expressed using tempera paint on canvas. His paintings stand as early masterpieces and help define visionary art. His works graced the cover of Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, transmitting his inner vision into the minds of millions viewers. He expressed the oneness of humanity by painting people from all parts of the globe together peacefully co-existing. He created a new holistic visual languages to express ecstatic depths of communing with the entire web of life. His images reveal a luminous reality and utilize a new symbolism to represent the depths of human experience. His work invites the viewer to slip into another state of mind and to explore the deep cosmic ocean that lives in the imagination.
Mati’s impact upon the surrealist, psychedelic and visionary art scenes is paramount. His images remain some of the most viewed works in the psychedelic art movement. Mati was an artist of uncompromising vision he demanded that his art books be published in the way he wanted leading him to start his own publishing company to publish his own art books. His art flows like the music of the times, eclectic, vibrant, electrifying and avant-garde. Using techniques of the distant past, infusing it with new styling, utilizing new paradigm ideas of consciousness exploration, and radical innovation of old forms. His work has spiritual motifs from world cultures as well as figures from the world over. All infused with a lysergic aesthetic which stands as a defining style in the psychedelic art movements to this day. Open your inner sanctuary to the vistas of Mati Klarwein and explore the depths of human experience.
Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel. The Electric Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art. Grafiche Damiani, Bologna, Italy. 2001.