matt gonzalez

Matt Gonzalez/ Matt Gonzalez

United States 1965

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Matt Gonzalez
Matt Gonzalez
Male
United States
1965

Matt Gonzalez is an American paper and wood collage artist, activist, politician and lawyer. He was born in McAllen, Texas in 1965.
His works have been exhibited in many Bay Area art venues since 2006.

Collages by Matt Gonzalez

Matt Gonzalez - He draws your brow in the sand, 2014 - Amen-stairs, plundered bare, 2014 - Hurl forth the world-mouth & memory, 2014
Matt Gonzalez – He draws your brow in the sand, 2014 / Amen-stairs, plundered bare, 2014 / Hurl forth the world-mouth & memory, 2014

Matt Gonzalez received his BA from Columbia University, New York City, NY in 1987, and his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford University Law School, Palo Alto, CA in 1990. He founded the San Francisco Collage Collective in 2006 with Robin Savinar and Albert Herter. The idea behind is that everyone is invited to participate, thus making the art more democratized. Both inspiration and materials come to the artist from walking around San Francisco. Thrown away paper products, ads, packaging are used by Gonzalez in his artworks. The city’s emotions, politics and geography can be clearly felt in his collages.

Collages by Matt Gonzalez

Matt Gonzalez - Autumn is eating a leaf from my hand, 2014 - Oriflamme, 2015 - In Transit, 2014
Matt Gonzalez – Autumn is eating a leaf from my hand, 2014 / Oriflamme, 2015 / In Transit, 2014

Beside from law and politics, Gonzales has found a new way to express himself, as a self-thought collage artist. He manages to find hidden beauty in objects that were discarded and wouldn’t even be looked upon. By using thrown materials, the artist is actually critiquing the modern consumer-oriented society in a very playful manner. As an already accomplished lawyer and a politician, Gonzalez is slowly but steadily creating a name for himself in the world of art. The viewers can only hope that he still finds the time to create art, as it is one the most beautiful way of expressing someone’s feelings and thoughts.

Collages by Matt Gonzalez

Matt Gonzalez - Came the abruptness of fiery dawn, 2014 - The Leaf buttons its vein to yours, 2015 - Retract the World, forthwith, 2014
Matt Gonzalez – Came the abruptness of fiery dawn, 2014 / The Leaf buttons its vein to yours, 2015 / Retract the Word, forthwith, 2014

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Matt Gonzales lives and works in San Francisco.

All images courtesy of the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Lightning strikes: 18 poets. 18 artists.Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015Derive: Situationist Encounter in San FranciscoDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2014All Of Us TogetherGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Graphic ThoughtsCES Contemporary, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Greatest Hits: Volume IIncline Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Salt The SkiesFecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Things I Didn’t Know I LovedPark Life, San Francisco, CASolo
2013Regarding Configurations with Dennis ParlanteMeridian Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013The Hogarth ProjectSmith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CAGroup
2012December Group ShowGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Winter Group ShowFecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Art For ChangeThe Graduate Theological Union, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CAGroup
2011Codices Urbanos with Gustavo Ramos RiveraB. Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CAGroup
2011Scissors vs. Brush with Tom SchultzMuse Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011The Collage ShowJack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011In The MomentLuggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Building ContextGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Paper, Scissors, Glue - Bay Area CollageBryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CAGroup
2011The Fine Art of BaseballGeorge Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010New Works with Ben IrvineSuite Five Salon, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Out of the Flat FilesTriple Base Gallery, , San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Five From Folsom StreetSmith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CAGroup
2009Mixed Media CollageLola, Berkeley, CASolo
2009For Every Passer-byThe Breakfast Group, Berkeley, CASolo
2009The Novemberists111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Skate This ArtMarket Street Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008I Put It Back In Order For YouIn vitro Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2008Pull Here to Get Everything You WantSoap Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2008Defiant OptimismGallery Extrana, Berkeley, CAGroup
2008Crossing the DelawareJohansson Projects, Oakland, CAGroup
2008Before My Rushing HeartArt House, McAllen, TXGroup
2007Let Her Make A Speech for MeAdobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2007Walking in the Street with Omar ChaconLincart Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007New WorksThe Hive Art Salon, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007FloodHayes Valley Art Market, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Eight at the GateLive Worms, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006Waxwing & Kite with Felix MacneeMuse Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup