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Theo Matoff

Theo Matoff

Dr Theo Matoff grew up in Vancouver, western Canada, before leaving in 1949 to study architecture and art at the University of Southern California. Military service took him to Paris for two years where by day he trained as a soldier and during the evenings attended the ateliers of André l’Hote and Ossip Zadkine, while drawing at the Le Grand Chaumier on weekends. Before moving back to California in 1960, he completed a doctorate in Architecture at the University of Florence.

Matoff returned to Canada to teach architecture at the University of Manitoba and in 1970 Theo came to England as a senior lecturer at the Leeds Polytechnic School of Architecture. Later, while continuing to practice as an architect and painter, he headed the Schools of Architecture at Plymouth and Leicester and served as an eternal examiner at eight English and Irish Schools of Architecture and the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow.

In 1988 he retired from academia to work full time as an artist, moving to Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire in 1994 where he lives with his wife Sue.

He has exhibited in Group exhibitions and one man shows in London, Tunbridge Wells, Wiesbaden, Plymouth, Glasgow and St Ives.

He held a solo exhibition in Doubtfire Gallery, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011, showing drawings from his book, “Don Quixote’s Dance.” A Choreography of life and other drawings. Freely drawn with Japanese Bamboo pen and accompanied by stanzas in Spanish and English, the drawings are a graphic and dynamic tribute, in the form of an extended metaphor, to the universal values and ideas embodied in Cervantes’ marvelous story.

“ . . . lively, vigorous, strong and to the point.” London Evening Standard.

His work is in private collections in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK and USA.

This Artist at Doubtfire

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