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Meena Matocha:
June 1 - August 4, 2019

Visiting hours:

11am-6pm Thursdays and Fridays;

11am-6pm August 3;

12pm-5pm August 4;

all other times by appointment

Purchase inquiries:

contact gallerist Saul Jerome E. San Juan at or (817) 773-1092


"We shake with joy, we shake with grief" features the life-size and large-scale charcoal paintings created by Meena Matocha in spring 2019.

Matocha uses charcoal, ashes, soil, acrylic and wax to create paintings that combine abstraction and figuration, exploring the space between grief and joy, the place where heaven and earth converge. Meditation, Scripture and contemplation play large parts in her creative process. Her current body of work combines her love of the portrait and figure with the dramatic expression of abstraction. Matocha's curiosity about how material contributes to the meaning and emotion of an art work has caused her to explore the use of charcoal as a prominent medium, the ash symbolizing humanity's finitude.

Matocha was born to Indian immigrant parents in 1977 in the suburbs of Austin, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, focus on painting and drawing from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000. After a long break during which time she lived overseas serving with a non-profit organization, Matocha returned to her native home of Central Texas where she lives with her husband and seven year old son, and now makes art full time.

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