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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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Howard, CO
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.
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 1st Portrait Online Show I had a piece entitled "The Scream" selected for the first online Portrait Show for February, 2022. It received a Finalist Award.
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 3rd "Colors" Exhibition My work "Deep in the Shadows" was accepted and included as a Finalist in the "Colors" Exhibition.
2022 5th Annual Landscape Exhibition at Art Show International Got another work accepted and this one came with a $25 prize. Morning Light is a piece I really like!
Grey Cube Gallery 2022 3rd "Waters" Online Show Two submissions were included as "Finalists" in this 2022 "Waters" Exhibition.
Summer 2022 "555 Exhibition" "Eucalyptus Grove" has been accepted in the Summer 2022 "555 Exhibition" and won a Special Recognition Award.
2022 Art Show International 5th Open Exhibition My piece "In the Shadow of Giants" won a Talent Award.
Light, Space, and Time Gallery 2022 "Seascapes" My piece "West to the Orient" was accepted in the LST Gallery's 12th Seascape exhibition and was awarded a Special Recognition Award.
Gallerium: GAP 2022 Group Exhibition My work "Mojave Spring" was selected to hang in this online group show.
Biafarin 2022 "Emotions" Exhibition My work "Stone Faces" was accepted and hung in the "Emotions" online exhibition.
Art Show International 4th Figurative My work "Picasso at the Altar of Art" was awarded an "Honorable Mention" award in the 2022 Art Show International Gallery's 4th Figurative Exhibition.
2022 Art Room Gallery 3rd Waters Exhibition Two of my submissions, "Misty Morning" and "The Lee Shore' were accepted as Finalists in the Waters Exhibition.
Grey Cube Gallery 2022 3rd Patterns Exhibition Two of my submissions made it into the Patterns show as Finalist award winners.
Gallerium Planterium 2022 Exhibition My work "Sunlight" was accepted into the 2022 Planterium group exhibition.
2022 Upward Gallery's Color and Shape Exhibition Wasn't sure this exhibition was for real but I did have these works selected for inclusion.
2022 Artists Space Gallery's 1st Colors Exhibition Two of my paintings were selected for the 1st "Colors" Exhibition.
Joshua Tree National Park 2022 Show I've had a painting accepted to the brick and mortar show to hang in Twenty Nine Palms just out side of the Park. The show will hang through the month of November.
Exhibizone: Magix 2022 Group Exhibition
2022 ALL Figurative/Portrait Painting/Drawing Exhibition Contemporary Gallery Online hosted this Figurative exhibition with my three works included.
2022 Art Show International 5th Portrait I have two works, "Leon" and "Blue Eyes" that were accepted into the Potrait Show as Finalists award winners.
Artist's Choice Exhibition In October 2022 two works, "Lost Coast Reflections" and "Saguaro West Sunrise" were included in the Grey Cube Gallery's 3rd Artist's Choice Exhibition as Finalists.
8th Annual Figures & Faces Exhibition My painting "Leon" was included in the Fusion Art Gallery's October 2022 8th Figures and Faces Exhibition.
2022 Treat Gallery Summer Lovin' My painting "Seabird You Fly" was included in the Summer Lovin' Exhibition.
2022 4th Color Exhibition My work "Morning Light" was selected for the Art Show International 2022 4th Color Exhibition, and won a Talent Award and $25 prize.
Nature Painting October 2022 The Global Painting Conclave online exhibition gallery selected my painting "Eucalyptus Grove" as a Finalist in their Nature Painting exhibition for October 2022.
2022 Ode to the Ocean Showcase My painting "The Lee Shore" made another show.
2022 Art Show International 6th "Open" Two of my works, "Sierra Front" and "Diptych: Arizona Highlands" were included in this online exhibition and both received "Honorable Mention" Awards.
2022 All Figurative/Portrait Painting/Drawing Exhibition Contemporary Gallery Online featured three of my works in this exhibition. These works included "Bending Blue Notes", "Reflecting on Frida Kahlo", and "Picasso: At the Altar of Art".
6th Landscape Exhibition December 2022 My work "Grand Canyon" was selected as a "finalist" in the Art Show International Gallery 6th Landscape Exhibition that hangs for the month of December 2022.
2022 Forests and Meadows Exhibition Finalist My painting "Almost Sundown" was included in the Grey Cube Gallery's 2022 Forests and Meadows Show.


Southern Colorado is a new experience.

Etsy Sales
Amanda sold two more paintings!

Another Adventure
Move to Trinidad, Colorado and a new start (again).

New Web Presence
I've just set up a new page on Fine Art America.

Upgraded Account to Seller
I was planning on doing the upgrade and finally took the plunge. It was a very productive year in Phoenix but there are just too many memories and many of them are not good. Time to move on and continue to shed baggage.

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