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.