About

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.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014

The Laumeister Fine Art Competition, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont, USA

2013 

The Laumeister Fine Art Competition, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont, USA

Oak Park Art League Artist Member’s show, Oak Park, IL USA

 

2012

Portrait Society of America’s International Competition and Conference, Philadelphia, USA

Oak Park Art League’s 2nd National Carriage House Exhibition, Oak Park, IL, USA

4th National Juried Catholic Art Competition and Exhibition, St. Vincent’s College, Latrobe, PA, USA
2011

78th Annual Awards Exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, Brookgreen Gardens, SC, USA

2009

L’arte del incidere, Tito, Bari, Italy
2008

Redeeming Beauty, traveling exhibition, USA
2005

Five American Artists, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, Italy, (sponsored by the American Consulate)
2004

Mentors and Protégées, Vose Gallery, Boston, USA

Still Classical, Drawings from Florence, Palazzo Cenci, Roma, Italy
2003

La Scuola Naturalistica di Firenze: Ritratti e Paesaggi, Galleria Albero Celeste, San Gimignano, Italy
2002

La Scuola Naturalista, Galleria Albero Celeste, San Gimigniano, Italy

Biennial Art Exhibition, Sant’ Agata dei Goti, Naples, Italy
2001

Contuscan Art, American Artists in Tuscany, United States Consulate, Florence, Italy

Charles Cecil Studios 10th. Anniversary Show, Paul Mitchell Gallery, London, UK

Realism III, Period Gallery, Nebraska, USA
1997

North Shore Art League’s Midwest Annual Print Show, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1996

The Trickster, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1995

Portrait/Self-Portrait, CWCA, Arc Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Awards

2014

Honorable Mention in the Commissioned Portrait category of the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition

Honorable Mention at the Oak Park Art League’s Artist Member Exhibit

Finalist in the Finalist in Figurative Art at the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon
2013

Finalist in Sculpture at the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon
2012

Award of Exceptional Merit in the Portrait Society of America’s International Competition

2nd place at the Oak Park Art League’s 2nd National Carriage House Exhibition

2nd place at the 4th National Juried Catholic Art Competition and Exhibition, St. Vincent’s College

Honorable Mention in the Self Portrait category for the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition

Finalist in Sculpture in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon

Finalist in the Mythological category in the American Society of Traditional Artist’s Annual show
2011

Merit award for Non-commissioned Portrait in the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition

Bedi-Makky prize, National Sculpture Society’s 78th Annual Awards Exhibition
2010 

First place for sculpture Utrecht Art 2nd Annual Art Competition
2009

First place for sculpture in the Portrait Society of America’s Members’ showcase
2008

Honorable Mention in the Portrait Society of America’s Members’ showcase

Publications

2014

Dancing in an Art Zoo, The Epoch Times/Arts, May 20
2013

The Vatican Laocoon Group: Death and Rebirth, The Epoch Times/Arts, October 14

Contribution to the sculpture section, Memory Drawing, Darren Rousar, Velatura Press LLC, 2013

Interview with art critic, Rodrigo Canete for his blog: Love Art Not People
2012

Il Quotidiano della Basilicata, July 1, interview in Italian

2010

American Artists’ Drawing magazine (summer)

2004

American Artists’ Drawing magazine (fall)

Realism Now: Traditions & Departures, Vose Gallery (exh. cat)

Film

2006

Return to Florence, (documentary film), interview feature.

Selected Commissions

James Keenan, president of the Bookplate Society of America

Selected Collections

MEAM: Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain
Museum of Sacred art of the Basilica of the Virgin Mary, Orlando Florida, USA
Dr. Fred Hohler, president and founder of the Public Catalogue Foundation, UK
Al Said collection, London and Muscat, Oman

Professional

Instructor in Painting, Drawing & Sculpture, Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, 1999-present

Gallery Representation

Principle Gallery, Charleston SC USA

Education (born: 1970)

1994-1996     Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy
1990         The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
1989-1994    University of Illinois, Chicago, USA  BA in the History of Art and Architecture

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:

    http://fraangelicoinstitute.com/2012/08/06/three-awards-we-are-deeply-touched/

  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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