Colin Matthes grew up outside a village with three bars, a post office, and the world’s greatest junk parade. Installing temporary electric at small town county fairs, wiring trailer parks, and punk rock formed the way he makes things and views the world.
Lately he has been bringing his infant daughter too close to bears, making graphics for activist campaigns, visualizing his versions of essential knowledge, and engineering the absurd. He addresses economic and environmental crisis from a funny, critical, and perversely industrious point of view while exhibiting internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Antwerp, Dublin, Ljubljana, Melbourne, and Berlin.
He has participated in numerous residencies including Hotel Pupik (Austria), Werkkamp (Belgium), and Cow House Studios (Ireland). He won the Mary L Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2102 (Established) and 2007 (Emerging). In addition, Matthes works collectively with Justseeds, a network of twenty-six artists living in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that runs a print collective, contributes graphics to social movements, and co-publishes books.