Chilean Roberto Matta artist and printmaker met artists such as Arshile Gorky, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, André Breton, and Le Corbusier whilst travelling in Europe in the mid 1930s, . It was actually André Breton who provided the influence on Matta’s art, encouraging his work and introducing him to the leading members of the Paris Surrealist movement.
However, Matta’s connections with Breton’s surrealist movement were severed following a private disagreement concerning Arshile Gorky and his family. Matta was accused of indirectly causing Gorky’s suicide in response to Matta’s relationship with Gorky’s wife).
This led to Roberto Matta’s expulsion from the group, but Matta had already established himself by then and was widely known. Matta divided his life between Europe and South America during the 1950s and 1960s, during which time epic surreal canvases he successfully combined the political and the semi-abstract . Matta believed that art and poetry can change lives, and was very involved in the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s in Chile.