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Matthew Paul Cleary
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: When I create a new work, I make it a point to reach as far back as possible. I consider the whole of art history in order to find my place in the conversation. I attempt to have a dialogue with ancient eastern philosophies, specifically Japanese Ink Painters, exploring the balance between chance and intent. I have also tackled the subject of faith, making use of occult idolatry and symbolism as a platform to understand how we comprehend and cope with our existence. Recently my interest is in Plato’s opposition to the practice of perspective in painting.

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Matthew Paul Cleary
Curriculum Vitæ

2007 Fifth Year Certificate The School of the Museum of Fine Arts
2006 Diploma The School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Selected Exhibitions
2019 Art Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, Fl.
2019, Art Palm Beach Art Fair, West Palm Beach, Fl.
2018 Be(come) a Collector, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, Ct.
2018 Equilibrium Field Colony Gallery, Hoboken, N.J.
2018 Opioid: Express Yourself, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford Ct.
2017 Erlianhut International Art Show, Erlianhaote, Inner Mongolia, China
2017 The Grassland Connects with the World, Royal Gold Gallery, Baotou, Inner Mongolia China
2017 North Gate Art-Review of International Art Exhibition, Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia, China
2017 International Plaza Gallery, Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia, China
2016 El Barrio, Artspace PS 109 Group Show, New York, N.Y.
2015 Temple of Vates HKJB Presents, Brooklyn, N.Y.
2011 The Boston Center for the Arts, juried public installation
2009 LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, Ma. (solo show)
2009 Featured Show, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, Ma.
2009 Traveling Scholar Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma.
2009 Sting 2, The Beehive, Boston, Ma.
2009 Trans Cultural Exchange Tile Project, Traveling Exhibition
2009 La Otra Art Fair, Featured artist for G.A.S.P. Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
2008 G.A.S.P. Gallery, Boston, Ma. (solo show)
2008 Arts 20th Drawing Biennial, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Ma.
2007 Annual Exhibition, Grossman Gallery, Boston, Ma.
2007 Fifth Year Exhibition, Grossman Gallery, Boston, Ma.
2007 Difference, Lamorong Gallery, China
2007 Proof of Purchase, Rhys Gallery, Boston, Ma.
2006 Annual Exhibition, Grossman Gallery, Boston, Ma.

2015 Les Editions Nomades, “Le New-Yorkais artiste de Bushwick”, New York L’Essentiel
2011 Feature article in, "Untitled Collaborative”, 9/24/2011
2009 Lonely Planet Boston City Guide, Museum Section
2009 Art Form, “Eros Hangs in Wilderness”, China
2009 Fifth Annual “Sharing Visions/ Seminar for Collectors” The Denman Waldo Ross Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2009 Featured artist at the Fifth Annual “Seminars for Collectors”, panel discussion
"Contemporary Challenges: Collecting and Working with New Art Forms" with
Barbara Lee (Co-Chair National Council, Whitney Museum) and William Stover
(Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Grants /Awards
2010 Nominated for the Foster Award, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2007 Traveling Scholar Award recipient
2007 Fifth Year juried exhibition winner
2003 Honorable Mention Dana Pond Award

Private collection, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Private Collection, New York, N.Y.
Private collection, Los Angeles, Ca.
Private collection, Brookline, Ma.
Private collection, Boston, Ma.
Arnold Haynes, private collection, Wellesley, Ma.
Haynes Management, corporate collection, Boston, Ma.
Private collection, San Francisco, Ca.
Private collection, Hoboken, N.J.

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Brooklyn, NY 11217


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