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.
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.
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.
He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.
All images courtesy of the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
|2015||Lightning strikes: 18 poets. 18 artists.||Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2015||Derive: Situationist Encounter in San Francisco||Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2014||All Of Us Together||Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2014||Graphic Thoughts||CES Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2014||Greatest Hits: Volume I||Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2014||Salt The Skies||Fecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2013||Things I Didn’t Know I Loved||Park Life, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2013||Regarding Configurations with Dennis Parlante||Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2013||The Hogarth Project||Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA||Group|
|2012||December Group Show||Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2012||Winter Group Show||Fecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2012||Art For Change||The Graduate Theological Union, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA||Group|
|2011||Codices Urbanos with Gustavo Ramos Rivera||B. Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA||Group|
|2011||Scissors vs. Brush with Tom Schultz||Muse Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2011||The Collage Show||Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2011||In The Moment||Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2011||Building Context||Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2011||Paper, Scissors, Glue - Bay Area Collage||Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA||Group|
|2011||The Fine Art of Baseball||George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2010||New Works with Ben Irvine||Suite Five Salon, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2010||Out of the Flat Files||Triple Base Gallery, , San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2010||Five From Folsom Street||Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA||Group|
|2009||Mixed Media Collage||Lola, Berkeley, CA||Solo|
|2009||For Every Passer-by||The Breakfast Group, Berkeley, CA||Solo|
|2009||The Novemberists||111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2009||Skate This Art||Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2008||I Put It Back In Order For You||In vitro Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2008||Pull Here to Get Everything You Want||Soap Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2008||Defiant Optimism||Gallery Extrana, Berkeley, CA||Group|
|2008||Crossing the Delaware||Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA||Group|
|2008||Before My Rushing Heart||Art House, McAllen, TX||Group|
|2007||Let Her Make A Speech for Me||Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2007||Walking in the Street with Omar Chacon||Lincart Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2007||New Works||The Hive Art Salon, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2007||Flood||Hayes Valley Art Market, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2007||Eight at the Gate||Live Worms, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2006||Waxwing & Kite with Felix Macnee||Muse Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|