Silo118 is very excited to bring Matt Sesow from Washington, DC to Santa Barbara for an exhibition. He is currently in residence at the Squire Foundation preparing new work for the show.
Sesow is a well-known and beloved artist in the DC area. In addition to showing regularly on his home turf, he has exhibited in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Spain, and the UK and was in residence in Costa Rica prior to opening an exhibition there. He has also travelled and painted in Argentina, Belize, China, and Mexico.
While he doesn’t always feel comfortable with the designation “disability”, it is often applied to him. He lost his left arm (his predominant one) in an accident when he was eight and had to relearn basic skills. After achieving great success in high school and college, he had a career as a software tester for IBM. However, he decided that he needed to leave that career and follow his heart, and began making art.
He was not trained in art; he is largely self-taught. In the early years he poured his heart into his work. Painting helped him express inner feelings about his disability/accident.
In 2016-2017, Sesow had a year-long solo show at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, one of Baltimore’s best-loved showcases. The museum houses 25 of Sesow’s pieces in their permanent collection.
In 2013 he was invited by the U.N to create a stamp as part of a group of artists with disabilities, including Chuck Close. The stamp was issued on September 20 at a ceremony in NYC. Visit www.stamps.sesow.com for more information.
Matt is an extremely prolific painter who will create multiple paintings per day. He enjoys that people of all economic strata are able to purchase one of his original pieces. To that end his extremely large body of work encompasses a price range from $30 to $1000, many more at the lower end of the spectrum.