Victor Matthews (b. 1963) is an internationally exhibited artist who lives both in Los Angeles and New York, is a New York native with roots in Brooklyn where he was born in 1963. He is a graduate of the New York High School of Art and Design and earned his BFA from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After completing his studies, Matthews moved back to New York in 1984 to set up his first studio in the East Village.
Matthew has been creating perfectly choreographed mosaic-like murals of whitewashed cityscapes since his introduction to Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Kenny Scharf in the 1980s. Also and early harbinger of the New York street-art movement, Matthews developed a unique visual vocabulary teeming with abstracted urban objects, buildings, and bridges. The influence of the first real “street art” movement on his work is palpable. Although he has been known to use the street as a canvas, he is in every aspect a studio painter, and has instead brought the street into his canvases.
The L O N G E S T Road will feature all new large-scale paintings. The exhibition can be read as an an abstracted narrative of the last year of his life by following the brick pathway that continues through each painting in the exhibition. Each work symbolizes a different chapter in the last year of the artist's life. This newest body of work embodies a slightly more serious tone that his past work, but still manages to capture a degree of hopefulness that has characterized his work for the past 30 years. His dreamy landscapes are better read as a day in the life of a New Yorker rather than viewed passively.
Matthews has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in the US and abroad including the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999, Museum Sala Uno (Rome), the Boca Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum (Venice) and The Sculpture Center (New York). In 2013, Matthews exhibited in the 55th Venice Biennale, friends and collectors Salman Rushdie and Francesco Clemente composed the introduction for the published catalog.