Matt is a mixed-media and spray-paint artist born and raised just outside of Toronto, ON. In his youth, Matt struggled with and overcame addiction and alcoholism. Such experiences require some form of emotional outlet, and for Matt, painting is it. Each of his paintings tells a story, whether directly his own or through the eyes of another subject. Matt works predominantly with mixed-media as he finds that it allows him to keep pushing boundaries and exploring new ways of expressing himself. He belies that the experience of art can be swayed by even the little things; as such, every colour and texture found within his paintings represents another layer of emotion that went into creating each work. To create his images, Matt works with multiple models and photographers around the world. His artistic toolbox ranges from photography and digital drawings to spray painted portraits and custom clothing creations. Recently, Matt was flown to Tel Aviv, Israel where he worked alongside Converse, custom-painting their All-Star shoes at a live event. While there, Matt completed a 600 square-foot mural for Art Club Tel Aviv which was then shrunk-down and installed in the Tel Aviv Fashion mall. Once back in Toronto, Matt has recently completed several murals at local Toronto businesses such as Fnomenal Clothing Store, Graffiti Spot Bar, and Hendrixroe Clothing. In addition, Matt has worked live-painting at such festivals as Everybody Outside 2019, Promise Cherry Beach, and All Day I Dream 2019. Matt is a firm believer in giving-back. As such, he has worked with such charitable organizations as the UJA Federation, JACS Toronto, and M.E. Awaken. These organizations support at-risk youth and, without them, Matt himself would not be here today, as they helped him overcome his struggles in the past. Matt’s large-scale goal is to spread his message throughout the world: “There is always beauty to be found in the dark corners of life.” His paintings depict the juxtaposition of beauty and resilience in the face of struggle. Each of Matt’s subjects has faced some form of trauma or life difficulty and overcome it. It is a modern-day reminder not to judge a book by its cover. Matt’s style is heavily influence by his past in tattooing and graffiti. As such, his style can be explained as taking street art, cleaning it up a bit, and bringing it indoors. It is a meeting of raw experience and raw emotion, thoughtfully processed and translated onto the canvas.