London, UK

Rene Matić is an artist and writer whose practice spans across photography, film, and sculpture. Matić tenderly documents the lives that populate their community and the persistence of perpetual love in unrequited places. Their work converges in a meeting place they describe as “rude(ness)” - an evidencing and honoring of the in-between. Matić draws inspiration from dance and music movements such as Northern soul, Ska, and 2-Tone as a tool to delve into the complex relationship between West Indian and white working-class culture in Britain, while privileging queer/ing intimacies, partnerships and pleasure as modes of survival.

Rene Matić (b. 1997, Peterborough, UK) lives and works in London. In Fall 2023, Matić had their first US solo exhibition at Chapter NY. They have also had solo and two-person exhibitions at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Arcadia Missa, London; Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol; Kunstverein Gartenhaus, Vienna; South London Gallery, London; Studio Voltaire, London; Quench Gallery, Margate; VITRINE Gallery, London; among others. Their work was included in the Coventry Biennial 2023, Coventry and Warwickshire; and other group exhibitions at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York; Studio/chapple, London; The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Rossendale; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry; High Art Arles, Arles; Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK; bold Tendencies, London; Kunsthall Stavanger; Schlossmuseum, Linz; and Saatchi Gallery, London; among others.