Born in Mexico City in 1958, he has lived there ever since. Mata holds a B.A. in Communications Science from the Universidad AutÃ³noma Metropolitana, Xochimilco campus. He was a photojournalist for La Jornada newspaper for six years after its creation. His photographic works have been published in some of the main newspapers and magazines in the United States, Spain, Canada, Italy, England and Mexico. There have recently been exhibits of his photographs in Mexico, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, England, the United States, Scotland, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Cuba and Costa Rica, to mention just a few.
Mata has also received the following awards, among others:
â€¢ Acquisition award of the Mexican Photography Biennal, 1988
â€¢ Honors at the Bicentennial of the French Revolution Contest, 1989
â€¢ Young Creators’ Grant from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), 1989
â€¢ Third Annual Mother Jones, USA, 1993