Born in Caracas in 1957 and a Miamian since 1979, Gustavo Matamoros is a composer/sound artist who received two Venezuelan National Composition Awards before completing his bachelor of music degree at the University of Miami in 1983. Since then, his work has mostly consisted of projects that address situations where sound is used, less as a vehicle for expression of artistic intent and mostly as design tool for community problem-solving.
Some of his major works include Breezeway (2004), a permanent 160-foot public art sound installation at Florida International University’s School of Architecture; Cars & Fish (2005), a large-scale performative installation commissioned by what is now the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; and most recently, Listening Gallery (begun in 2010), a continuing public art project, supported by the Knight Foundation and at 800 Lincoln Road, which offers the experience of sound art to millions of Miami Beach visitors annually under the awnings of ArtCenter/South Florida.
Mr. Matamoros considers his community activism part of his creative output, having curated 22 Subtropics Festivals as Artistic Director of SFCA [isaw+subtropics] since its inception in 1989. Currently he runs Audiotheque from his studio at 924 Lincoln Road and is Adjunct Professor of Applied Critical Listening at Miami International University.