Matthew James Collins was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1970. He is a sculpture, painter as well as a print maker. He belongs to an artistic family, his developed love and affection for painting from an early age. His father’s name was James Edward Collins who was an award winning architect and Matthew learned painting from his father.
Matthew James graduated with a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, he then went on attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where his primary focus was drawing, etching and sculpture. He finished numerous copies from the Art Institute’s collection, including inspirational works by Goya, Ingres, Corot, Manet, Whistler and Sargent.
Matthew is an artist of immense skills and unusually wide breadth. He loves to work with oil paints. Matthew’s oil paintings and sculptures shows his great mastery of technique, skill and a sensitivity to the subject that is uniquely his own. He is not merely limited to a single genre, he applies his vision to portraiture, landscape, decoration and figurative subjects.
Matthew has exhibited around different places of world and his works have been in collection in many private and public places.