Matt Held paints pictures. Sometimes he paints rooms too, but he likes to paint pictures most of all. He has painted peoples Facebook portraits. He got bored painting these and not being able to sell any of them so he stopped. He spent a ton of money and could not continue to do so without his wife leaving him for the milkman. He then switched series to recreate old master paintings... That was a flop. After a few months of beating himself up for not doing anything creatively, he started painting a series about jetpacks. They were fun and he even had a show with them but he got bored doing them as well. Then he did a series on Hobo Codes. He really liked doing these paintings, but he was about the only person to really like them. That doesn't fly. So he stopped doing those.... Maybe he will do some more. He actually had a show in the summer of 2013 with them. That was cool. Tangent... sorry. Then, he did a series of paintings about nature coming back after people have left the earth. They are really big. Now, he likes to draw drawings and paint paintings about his journey into the belly of the whale, also known as the art world.

 

Matt was born in Denver, Co. in 1971. He attended Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design before moving to Seattle in 1996. He proceeded to develop his art while working many thankless jobs such as bicycle courier, warehouseman, and as an art handler (which he still does so he can actually bring home money because we all know that being an 'artist' is about the worst thing to be if you want to actually pay bills on time) before meeting his wife, having a baby and moving to New York where he focused full-time on his art. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Seattle, Wa. Again....

 

Specialties: A recipient of the Brooklyn Arts Council/ New York City Department of Cultural Affairs 2010 Regrant program, Matt's project "I'll have my Facebook portrait painted by Matt Held" has been featured on Art Fag City, Modern Art Notes, Two Coats of Paint, Juxtapoz online, ArtNews,WIRED, New York Magazine, The New York Observer, The Daily News, NY1, European publications including Spreeblick, Focus Online, Jetze, Myself, Sleek Mag, derStandard, ZeitZuender and Italian culture blog, Polkadot.