Matt Siren - work in progress, 2011

Matt Siren

United States

Street Art, Illustration

Matt Siren
Matt Siren
United States
October 18, 2015
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Matt Siren is an American street artist and illustrator, best known for his trademark Ghost Girl image. Siren was born in New York, in a very artistically inclined family, and he was encouraged to pursue art from the very beginning. He went to School of Visual Arts, graduating in 1997, and then again in 2007. He also received his academic training at Fashion Institute of Technology, finishing it in 1999.

Rather Unique Exhibition

Matt Siren - For The Beautiful Verymod (blue), 2012 and For The Beautiful Verymod (pink), 2012
Matt Siren – For The Beautiful Verymod (blue), 2012 and For The Beautiful Verymod (pink), 2012

Siren’s art is influenced by the 80s pop culture; he draws from graffiti, cartoons he used to watch when he was little, and video games. There are also some elements of posters created in Art Nouveau, and graphic design. When it comes to artists who’ve had an impact on his style, Siren often cites Warhol, Alphonse Mucha and Haring. His images have entered the world of fashion as well, as they can be found on numerous clothing lines. Ghost Girl is probably his most recognizable creation. Produced in 2005, the widely recognized icon combines Matt’s love for video games (more specifically Pac-Man in this case) and female form. Today, Ghost Girl is synonymous with Matt Siren.

Ghost Girl Suite of Seven Vinyl Sculptures

Matt Siren - Ghost Girl, 2010 Vinyl Edition
Matt Siren – Ghost Girl, 2010 Vinyl Edition

Apart from the streets, which is his greatest and most frequented “gallery”, Siren has displayed his works at numerous indoor venues. He participated in many group and solo exhibitions around the US, primarily in New York. Some of his more notable group exhibitions include Street Language, a 2008 collaboration with Darkcloud, held at Woodward Gallery, and Stokenphobia, a 2010 group show organized by Pandemic Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

Street Language Exhibition at Woodward Gallery

Matt Siren - Pinky, 2008 and Ghost Girl, 2008
Matt Siren – Pinky, 2008 and Ghost Girl, 2008

Matt is represented by Woodward Gallery.

Matt Siren currently lives and creates in Queens, New York.

All images courtesy of Woodward Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Ghost Girl Corn MazeBarton Orchard, Poughquag, NY in collaboration with David Phillips and Woodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2012Believe the HypePandemic Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2012Summer SelectionsWoodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2012Rather UniqueWoodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2011The Welling Court Mural ProjectWelling Court in Astoria, Queens, NYGroup
2011Pantheon: A History of Art from the Streets of NYCChashama at the Donnell Library, NYCGroup
2011Unusual Suspects17 Frost Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010StokenphobiaPandemic Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010Matt SirenLobby of ICM (International Creative Management Agency), NYCSolo
2010Stoked Mentoring, 4th Annual Benefit Art AuctionMilk Gallery at Phillips Auction House, NYCGroup
2010The Great OutdoorsWoodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2010Eames InspirationBarneys New York windowsGroup
2010BIG Paper Winter - featuring original works by Basquiat, Calder, DeKooning, Richard Hambleton, Franz Kline, Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, WarholWoodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2009Work To Do - A benefit event organized by The CombineAfrika Bambaataa, Royce Bannon, & ELC at 112 Greene Street, NYCGroup
2009The Second Annual Art Works 4 A.C.E - (Association of Commuity Employment for the Homeless)Mimi Ferzt Gallery, NYCGroup
2009Street CrushBrooklyn Street Art, Alphabeta, BrooklynGroup
2009From the Streets of BrooklynThinkspace Gallery, CAGroup
2009The Piece ProcessAnnonymous Gallery, NYC in association with Woodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2008-10Matt SirenBank of America lobby - SoHo, presented by Woodward Gallery, NYCSolo
2008Street Language: Matt Siren & DarkcloudWoodward Gallery, NYCSolo
2008Off The Wall From Vandalism to ArtWilde Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008A MazePresented by Celso, Infinity and LA II at Factory Fresh, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2008This Means NothingThe Skylounge at the powerHouse Arena, Brookyn, NYGroup
2008Stoked Mentoring - 2nd Annual Benefit Art AuctionMilk Gallery at Phillips Auction House, NYCGroup
2008Sign Language - 30 new street artists collaborating on metal street signsWoodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2008Writing Our FutureThe National Arts Club, New York, NYCGroup
2008Works on PaperWoodward Gallery at the Park Avenue Armory, NYCGroup
2008Get a GripMy Plastic Heart, New York, NYCGroup
2008Maneki Neko Art ShowThe Showroom NYCGroup
2007A.K.A. - A Bandana Art ShowHouston, TexasGroup
2007BOOKEDABC No Rio, NYCGroup
2007The Street Art ShowPure Project, NYCGroup
2007Sounds Like Another Custom ShowM5 Bar, NYC Art Gallery at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New YorkGroup
2007Group ShowThe Wall at Central Square, Central Square, Cambridge, MAGroup
2007Peel HereGhetto Mansion, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Wooster on SpringCandle Building, 11 Spring Street, presented by Elias Cummings and the Wooster Collective, NYCGroup
2006Drop Dead SexySchool (Bar and Gallery), NYCGroup
2006See You In HellMF Gallery, NYCGroup