We speak so often on the importance of self esteem, yet rarely do we acknowledge how it is obtained. Much like art, the importance lies in the process, not the result. Esteem isn't innate, it is built by overcoming challenges and learning how to cope with the inevitable failures that cross our paths. I am learning to look at life how I have always seen art and how I view creativity. I am adapting my mantra to fit my personal battles and not just my professional ones... it bears repeating:
After being raised by wolves Mateo moved from San Francisco to Berlin in 2004. Since arriving in Europe his artwork has evolved to embrace the wealth of old materials that he discovers at flea markets and antique shops. Using discarded munitions crates, worn out tobacco tins, and forgotten love letters, he crafts a world that’s extraordinary and odd, but at the same time one that feels strangely familiar.