Matthias Olmeta

Matthias Olmeta

//In my work, I explore subjects like portraits, flower photos, vanitas, and things brought back from my travels in Peru and the Amazon. The intention is always based on shamanic connection to the four energies of nature: air, earth, water and fire.//

Matthias Olmeta [1968] graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Santa Monica University in 1992.

He has since travelled the world in exploration of the unknown, to learn and understand the world of mysticism and energies. Olmeta uses an ancient technique to portray his subjects, the ambrotype; A glass plate coated with collodion is immersed in a bath of silver nitrate and exposed to the light when shooting. A negative is thus obtained. By placing the plate on a black background, a positive image appears. With this method at hand, Olmeta portrays the mystical energies of the inner soul, creating piercing portraits.

Olmeta has published several artist books and exhibited at la Galerie du Jour agnès b., Serge Plantureux’s Gallery in Paris,  Galerie Hélène Detaille in Marseilles, the Royal Academy of Art in London, la Casona in Havana and Los Angeles.

In 2014 the artist was invited to Oslo to produce and exhibit a series called Oslo Portraits, some of the portraits are presented below. Matthias Olmeta will be introducing new workwith PUG OSLO at PhotoLondon.

His works are in private collections such as: Collection agnès b, the Wilson Centre for Photography, the Elton John Collection, Collection Freddy Denaes, Collection Gensollen, and public collections as Vancouver Art Gallery, Musée Niecephore Niepce, Fond communale de la ville de Marseille, Direction générale des Affaires Culturelles, Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Alsace, Les Nouveaux collectionneurs, Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône, and «Département des estampes et de la photographie», Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

A selection of Mr Olmetas work is presented below. Please contact us for further information on prices and availability.