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Eric Matranga

Artist directory :: Eric Matranga

I will always thrill at taking blank space and filling it with what my inner eye sees. What I produce has matured as I consider how others view what I do. I am now consciously trying to simplify as well as intensify what I choose to represent.

Eric Matranga


Eric Matranga 
I have been drawing and painting since early childhood. I received a BA in art but spent my working years as a professional geographer. I now find myself disabled, but with plenty of time to produce art. When I draw and paint, the pain falls away and I am present in the piece. When I started working more regularly at drawing and painting, I realized I was still using the traditional palette of color. As I started adding more of the vivid, acid pigments available, I began to use those pigments in their full intensity. I had been relying on white blended with the traditional color palette in a quite high-key manner. I find I am getting much more pop to the finished work with the full intensity pigments.


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Phoenix, AZ
United States


Recent Work I have spent the last couple years trying to stabilize the decline in my physical condition. Degenerative back and spine problems leave me incapacitated for long periods, particularly when the weather is cold. Art keeps me alive and helps diminish the pain.
Large Work Some of my more recent effort on a larger scale.
Drawings I started doing a lot of drawing again when I went onto the disability retirement. Drawing and painting are the only daily activities that don't cause pain.
2018 Shows and Exhibitions Lots of activities opening up for the Autumn. This page will track the shows and work exhibited. I did participate in a plein air paint out and did receive a cash award and several works including mine were exhibited in the Northern California Museum of Art in Chico.
Archive Older work that have been sold or gifted and are no longer available.
2021 I finally got around to updating my work on this website and have bailed out of Northern California. That time spent was not a very pleasant experience but did provide plenty of motivation to leave considerable baggage behind and MOVE ON.
"5 5 5 Special" 2021 Summer Online Show I had one piece selected for this online show in the summer of 2021. The gallery is the Light Space &Time Online Art Gallery and the work received a Special Mention Award.
November 2021 Nature Exhibition Two of five pieces submitted to the Light Space and Time Gallery "Nature" Exhibition selected and received Special Recognition awards. Light Space &Time Online Art Gallery - Home Page (
Etsy Offerings I have donated 50 pieces to the mother of my young grandson to establish an online business venture and use the proceeds to help support him. Once her Etsy page is up I will put a link here. These are all 16"x20" works and are offered at the introductory price of $450 each.
December 2021Trees and Fields Exhibition It was a very Merry Christmas, I received notification of acceptance to another exhibition and Honorable Mention Award for my piece "Redwood Glade".
Inspired by Vincent Exhibition 2022 My work "October Sky" was selected for inclusion in the "Inspired by Vincent" Exhibition at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. The exhibit will be on display in Bob's Spot Gallery at the Herberger Theater from February 4th through the 27th of 2022. I will post pictures of the show following the opening.
Art Show International Winter 2021 Grant Did not win the grant money but did receive another Special Mention Award. The piece selected for inclusion in the show is the same "October Sky" painting that will be hanging in the "Inspired by Vincent" Show during the month of February in Phoenix.
Art Show International Solo Show I just finished my submission for a Solo Show on the Art Show International online website. Most of the works featured here have been selected for a show and are in various exhibitions. Follow link to view:
Grey Cube Gallery 2022 Portrait Online Show I had a piece entitled "The Scream" selected for the first online Portrait Show for February, 2022. It did not win an award but is in the "Finalists" section.
Art Show International 3rd Portrait 2022 My work "Picasso at the Altar of Art" was selected for inclusion in the Art Show International 3rd Portrait 2022 show and received an Honorable Mention Award.
LANDSCAPES AND SEASCAPES, 2022 Las Laguna Gallery accepted "Light in the Forest" for inclusion in the Landscapes and Seascapes, 2022 exhibition for the February Show.
Biafarin Artist: Another Solo Show Online This online show is based out of Canada and I don't think it hurts to add exposure up north! I am really having fun with the new work and can't wait to see what emerges every time I start a new piece!
Art Show International 3rd Color I had a piece selected to this online show and won $25 for a "Talent Prize" award. I like what is emerging on my canvases.
Golden 50 Exhibition My piece Mojave Spring has been selected for inclusion in several shows including the Golden 50 and Over show at the Las Laguna Gallery.
Art Show International 2nd Water 2022 online competition won another Honorable Mention Award.
2022 Grey Cube Gallery "Colors" Exhibition My work "Deep in the Shadows" was accepted and included as a Finalist in the "Colors" Exhibition.


Can't believe another year has come and gone...lots of art activities and good things happening.

New Shows and Exhibitions
2021 and early 2022 have been exciting times and my work is getting accepted into quite a few shows.

It has been quite some time since I updated this material. .

My Thoughts About Art
I am starting a blog to regularly write about artists, art history, and how I see myself fitting in here and now.

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