Hosted by the graduate programs in Painting and Sculpture at Boston University, the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture series brings practicing artists to campus to present their work. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Mathew Cerletty (CFA’02) utilizes a hyper-realistic approach to painting that marries the quotidian and the surreal within a range of motifs and subjects. While an undergraduate at Boston University, Cerletty developed the ability to carefully paint the figure in the academic, representational mode. Today, he has developed a practice in which virtuosic yet slightly uncanny depictions of human subjects, corporate logos, and domestic objects are rendered in high-key color and with flat precision. Pervading Cerletty’s paintings is a deadpan sense of humor tempered by a disarming sincerity towards his seemingly banal subjects.
His work has been exhibited in museums including Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego; and at galleries including Rivington Arms, Team Gallery, Plum and Poe in New York, and the Boston University Art Galleries. He is represented by Office Baroque in Brussels, Belgium and Standard in Oslo, Norway.