Mateo Andrea was born in Buenos Aires days before the end of the Argentine military dictatorship. He eventually moved to Paris, France with his parents, the Dutch artist, Pat Andrea, and his mother, Argentine artist, Cristina Ruiz Guiñazu. As a teenager, Andrea explored different art forms, including graffiti, and was encouraged by his parents, who had influenced his style and had fostered his talent as he started to exhibit works in different international art stages. In 2003, he attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris where he obtained his DNSAP Diploma under the supervision of Jean Michel Albérola and where he had developed a technique that he continues to use today, equally merging drawings and paintings on canvas.
His first one-man exhibition at the Gallery Popy Arvani in Paris, France in 2008 was followed by many other exhibitions and presentations around the world and in different cities such as in France (Paris, Issy Les Moulineaux, Bourg La Reine, Saint Arnoult in Yvelines, Perpignan), Spain (Barcelona), Argentina (Buenos Aires), Greece (Athens), The Netherlands (The Hague), Belgium (Brussels, Tournai and Mons), Italy (Lido de Camaiore), The Philippines, and China (Shanghai). Andrea is part of the ALL 4 ART collective with his father, mother, and sister. His body of works ties New Figuration with abstraction and redefines how bodies take form in visual arts.