Matthew Hanzman blends humor and sadness, familiarity and strangeness to confuse, engage and amuse. Drawing from sources both seen and imagined, his works dive into the subconscious and are often unfiltered traces of his psyche and loose recollections of our memories.
Paintings carry dark, expressive undertones amidst imagery that reminds us of childhood. Inspired by music, tattoos and the abyss of his own head, the eccentric characters in Matthew’s works exist in a world of emotional complexity and mischievous imagination.
Characters and motifs hint to a whole realm of items that float in our collective subconscious but aren’t directly placeable. Any given one can be loosely or mysteriously familiar, comically or disturbingly strange. Moods range but they all have strong personalities, making for a viewing experience that excites our imaginations and brings on a sort of hazy nostalgia.
Ultimately, Matthew paints to feel at peace and express himself differently. His pieces are an attempt of capturing thoughts and moments and blurring memories with the unreal, filling them with recognizable imagery that is also pure mystery and genuine emotions that aren’t always easy to make sense of.
b. 1996 Miami, FL
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2017 "Untitled 1", WDNA Radio Station, Miami, FL
2018 "70 Paintings", Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL
2018 "University of Miami Juried Art Exhibition", Rainbow Gallery, Miami, FL
2018 Spectrum Art Fair for Art Basel Miami 2018