updated 2/4/2011 2:15:24 PM ET 2011-02-04T19:15:24

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investor and emerging philanthropist John Mattera announced today that his eponymous Foundation, The Mattera Foundation, will lend out its world-class collection of artwork from graffiti artist John "Crash" Matos to museums across the US and world.





























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The Mattera Foundation, Co-Directed by John Mattera and his wife, Dr. Lan Phan Mattera, currently owns the largest collection of Crash's work in the United States. This week they added two new pieces, Black F1 and Red F1, to their fast-growing collection. These latest pieces are the largest ever completed by the artist.

"From the subway cars of New York City to the exhibition rooms of premiere art museums across the world, John "Crash" Matos is one of the most talented, interesting, and dynamic artists out there," said Mr. John Mattera. "I am thrilled that The Mattera Foundation can play a role in opening up his incredible work to the general public."

"I'm happy to be working with John Mattera and his terrific organization," said Crash. "I admire all the great work he does in the community and am honored to be a part of it."

Along with Black F1 and Red F1, John Mattera's current collection also includes: For Lan, Batman, Simply CRASH, LTPM and many others. John Mattera intends to grow his collection in the near future, and each piece will be lent out for exhibition to various museums across the country.

Crash, a Bronx-born graffiti artist, is most famous for his custom-painted guitars, designed for musicians such as Eric Clapton and John Mayer. His work is included in collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, as well as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and several private collections. He has done work for high-level brands including Fender Musical Instruments, Tumi Luggage, Ferrari, and Marvel Comics.

For more information about the artwork, please contact The Mattera Foundation at: ly@thematterafoundation.com

About John Mattera:

John Mattera is currently the Chairman and CEO of The Mattera Reserve, Inc. a Worldwide Private equity firm with investments in 23 countries. Together with The Mattera Reserve's partners, the company has backed many of the world's best entrepreneurial leaders. Mattera is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board for The Praetorian Group, a newly formed investment firm combining the disciplines of traditional private equity, venture capital, and related debt and lending strategies to provide business-building solutions to growing firms across nearly all industries.

About the Mattera Foundation:

The mission of The Mattera Foundation is to strengthen the community through bringing good people and good causes together to help ensure both the excellent stewardship of donor funds and the wise investment of grants in the communities that we serve. Our goals are to serve as a leader, catalyst, and resource for philanthropy. We aim to build and hold a permanent and growing endowment for the community's changing needs and opportunities. The Mattera Foundation strives for excellence in strategic grant making that benefits all citizens of our community in fields such as social services, education, health, the environment, and the arts. Find out more: www.thematterafoundation.com .

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CONTACT: Lisa Yigit
         E-mail: ly@thematterafoundation.com

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