Pride gallery to host posthuous exhibit for Ralph Mattioli
Though he passed away in 2018, Ralph Mattioli’s artwork continues to inspire those he left behind.
Diana Brown, the curator of the Pride Gallery at Southwestern Medical Center, found herself struck by his work not once, but twice now.
Brown is preparing to open a posthumous exhibit of Mattioli’s work at the gallery this month.
“Ralph Mattioli and his artwork have caught my attention for a second time. This exhibit brings full circle a twenty-one year and six-month loop since the Pride Gallery first exhibited his art,” Brown said.
The new exhibit came about by chance when Brown struck up a conversation with Rose Mattioli, wife of the late Mattioli, while she was attending another showing at the gallery recently.
“Rose brought up the possibility of a tribute to Ralph and his art,” Brown said. This seemed an appropriate undertaking; particularly with Ralph’s close community ties and contributions.”
Though he was born in the Bronx, Mattioli spent many years in Lawton after serving 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1994. He knew he wanted to go back to school after retirement, so he began taking art classes at Cameron University.