MATTHEW HELLER BIOGRAPHY
1974    Born in Boston, MA
1984    Moves with family to Santa Monica, CA
           Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION
1996    BFA, University of California Santa Barbara

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009    The Great / Galerie Anais / Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2008    Everything is a Love Story / DCA / Los Angeles, CA
2007    One Million Colors / DCA / Los Angeles, CA
2006    You Are Everything / Glu Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
2005    Coming And Going / The Jaxon House / Venice, CA
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012    Great Promise / The Watermill Center / New York, NY
2012    Visual Chronicles / Salt Fine Art / Laguna Beach, CA
2012    Incognito / SMMOA / Santa Monica, CA
2011     Incognito / SMMOA / Santa Monica, CA
2010    Incognito / SMMOA / Santa Monica, CA
2010    Marine Salon #7 / Marine Art Salon / Santa Monica, CA
2010    On Paper / George Billis Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
2009    Incognito / Santa Monica Museum of Art / Santa Monica, CA
2008    Incognito / Santa Monica Museum of Art / Santa Monica, CA
2006    16th Biennial Auction / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / San Francisco, CA
2005    Tiger Tiger Rain Rain / Curated by Heller at The Jaxon House / Venice, CA
1997     Recent Work: Tom Fruin and Matthew Heller / Gallery 1434 / Santa Barbara, CA
 
ARTIST STATEMENT

Personal life experience is the instigation for my work though the personal narrative rarely remains the focus. The emotional energy I put into my work stays constant throughout the making of a piece. The placement of one figure/object will lead to another figure/object, which leads to another mark, which leads to the covering up of something only to introduce something else. My paintings are built from layers of elements coming and going and are not highly premeditated (usually). I approach writing (poetry) similarly. Though not blindly, I often stumble through my work searching, exploring the human condition; where a maximum amount of emotional experience is coupled with the least amount of visual information- this is anyway what I strive for.

MATTHEW HELLER
June 2014