Self Portrait with Medallion, oil on linen, 40cm x 60cm

Matthew Collins was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1970. Nurtured in an artistic family, his enthusiasm for painting was encouraged from the earliest age. By his early teens, his study of drawing had already begun under the tutelage of his father, James Edward Collins, an award-winning architect.

After graduating with a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Matthew attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he focused on 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.

In 1994 Matthew traveled to Florence, Italy to continue his training at the Charles H. Cecil Studios where he completed 4 years of study with a scholarship. Matthew is an artist of unusually wide breadth.  His oil paintings, frescos and sculptures show a mastery of technique and a sensitivity to the subject that is uniquely his own. Not limited to a single genre, he applies his vision to portraiture, landscape, decoration and figurative subjects.

Matthew Collins currently divides his time between Italy and Chicago. He has exhibited internationally and his works are represented in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

11 thoughts on “About”

  1. Sweet home, Chicago…

  2. Your blog is a delight to read, and your work is magnificent.

  3. Berenger Fish said:

    I just to drop a note to say that I am very impressed by your work. I really enjoyed viewing the images of your art as well as reading about the different mediums and other subjects.

  4. Great site and blog, and your work is simply magnificant. I’m in awe of your dedication.. I would love to study in Italy one day. Ever think of doing Twitter, just another cool way to connect with your readers. At least your on Facebook;) Good luck in all your ventures.

  5. Thank you Joshua. Being a landscape painter, you have to come visit Italy. Take care and all the best.

  6. Mr. Collins,

    I have awarded your website The Illuminating Blogger Award. See details here:


  7. Hello Matthew,

    Been looking to find you for years. I have been in the Gallery Business for 8 years now and so glad that you are still painting and would love to come see you sometime.
    Time has been fleeting and have wonderful memories of you at Lucca’s . Hope your life is blessed and that you are happily enjoying where you are.

    If you ever get back to Chicago give me a ring.

    Best wishes,

    Michael LaConte

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