Artwork by Erasto Matthews

Instagram: @ErastoArts
Facebook: @ErastoArts

Images: left column, top to bottom “Saltwater Kid” and “I Am” right column, top to bottom “Soul on Ice,” “Eyes of a child,” “We’ve Always Mattered,” and “Father, Father”

About the Artist

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania and raised in East Orange, New Jersey,

Erasto Curtis Matthews moved to the Washington DC area over 30 years ago
as a student at Howard University. He began exploring his artistic talents as a
teenager by drawing portraits of friends, family, and his favorite musicians.
Self-taught, he began painting later in life and his unique abstraction-based
style is heavily influenced by elements of African culture and African American
life. His work is grounded in vibrant color combinations and unique
otherworldly settings.

Erasto’s work has appeared in the pages of the Washington Post (2/4/2022).
He is currently showing his work at the Barn Gallery at Wellspring Manor in an
ongoing exhibit that started in 2018. He has exhibited his work at The DC
Black Theater and Arts Festival, Neiman Marcus/Black Art Today “Kuumba”
Exhibition, Busboys and Poets Anacostia, The Lake Arbor Jazz
Festival, Wolfgang Puck’s Sunset Room, National Harbor, Gateway Arts
Center’s 39th Street Gallery, Brentwood Maryland, Artomatic DC, DC Art All
Night, Athenaeum Gallery’s “Speak Your Truth – Black Lives Matter”
Exhibition, Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery “Celebration” Exhibition, Bowie
Maryland City Hall, and Erasto currently has work at Serengeti Gallery, Capitol
Heights Maryland.

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