Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Perdoni.
Matthew, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Since I was a kid I’ve been passionate about two things, art and sports. Two conflicting passions. You tend to follow one path or the other, but I straddled that fence all the way through college studying art and playing football. And after I graduated I was lucky enough to continue my football career in Europe and continued to spread my energy between the two. Working in Europe I found art all around me, both classical and contemporary. It was a dream. Towards the end of my career I was getting really turned on by the street art scene and I fell in love with these massive murals I was seeing all over Europe. Seeing those murals got me excited about art again. And the timing was right, I was ready to give up football and shift my energy into my art. Full on. So, when I returned stateside I found a home painting mural for businesses and gyms all over the States. That’s what brought me out to San Diego, three years ago I came out to paint a mural in Pacific Beach and I haven’t left. I love it out here. And I feel like my style fits the region.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
There’s nothing fancy about what I do. And I don’t really want there to be. Art has always been fun for me and I want it to be fun for my audience. That’s how I approach it. And that’s what I love about illustration. Illustrations are traditionally light and fun and good. They help tell a story. They’re literal. There isn’t some big deep cryptic message hidden behind an illustration. Now there can be room for interpretation, sure, but for the most part the pieces are there, laid out for the viewer. I like that.
As far as how I make art, I’m kind of all over the place. I paint with acrylics and watercolor. I do a lot of pen and ink drawings. And I’ll make the occasional linoleum block print. Recently, I’ve been working on a series of large 3ft x 4ft mostly black and white paintings telling the story of a bearded character I created named “Ciao Ciao” traveling across the country by way of freight train. The series was inspired by a cross country train hopping trip I took with my best friends about ten years ago. That trip had a huge influence on me and how I approach what’s possible. It seemed like the right time to reflect and translate that trip into art. What’s cool is that all of us on that trip, in one form or another have since created art inspired by the experience. Through music, writing, photography and now painting, it’s so good. Storytelling, I love that.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I had a show recently here in Encinitas. The weeks leading up to the show was a scramble and I was painting a lot. Almost every night. Weekdays, weekends, it didn’t matter. It was crazy. But I loved every minute of it. I’d wake up in the morning and it’s the first thing I’d think about, drinking my coffee I’d look at my work and think about things I want to add keep or take out. I couldn’t wait to sit down again and pick up where Id left off the night before. That’s success. Itching to get that brush back in your hand. It’s not about money or skill or ability. It’s the feeling you get from doing what you love. Easy to say. I know it’s not always going to feel like that and there’ll be highs and lows and creative walls. But if more often than not you’re psyched to sit down and create. You’ve got it. You’re good.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
And keep their eyes open for murals around San Diego.
- Website: www.matthewperdoni.com
- Instagram: @matthewperdoni