Matt Monsoon

Salt Lake City, UT

Matt is a Salt Lake City artist from the Guthrie Artist Studios - located downtown at 158E 200S, in Salt Lake City, Utah. These historic studios have inspired many of the city's notable artists, and has served as home base to Matt's creative work since 2009.

Matt is a child of the world, following his father's international teaching career through childhood with years spent in Okinawa Japan, London, Wurzburg Germany, Cambridge England, and later to Manila, Philippines. Until his young twenties, most of Matt's life was lived outside US borders. In a twist of fate, Matt planted roots in Salt Lake City in 2000, and has stayed there for the most part ever since. You will see his childhood international influences in his work, as well as an exploration on what makes a place home. He is a father to his 13 year old daughter, Kaya, (also a budding artist,) and teaches at Salt Lake Community College on the subjects of digital design, art, entrepreneurship, visual display, and retail buying + management.

His collector base includes his mother, family, friends, and collectors from as far away as Seattle, Japan, and Berlin. His signature SLC tryptich original hangs in the New Arts + Media Center at Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus, as well as a variation of that work, customized with the North Temple neighborhood, which hangs at the entrance of The Red Iguana 2. In 2018, Matt and a team of 5 other artists also painted the Salt Palace underpass along 200 West between South Temple and 100 South - titled - ‘The Salt Palace Subway.’ It currently stands as one of the largest, if not the largest mural in the state of Utah.

In 2019, Matt was awarded the bid for the interior / exterior art at Salt Lake County’s new public library in Kearns - to open in Spring of 2020. This is an ongoing intensive art project and will be Matt's largest works to date.

A sense of place, community, and of home, is found frequently in Matt's work, as well as multicultural artistic influences, ideas, and philosophies that rubbed off from childhood. To Matt, it is important his art captures the way a place or a moment 'feels' than to render an exact depiction of how it looks. "We've got cameras for that," quips Monsoon.

Matt is an avid hiker, naturalist, and explorer - and a lover of wild Utah. This also heavily influences his work.

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