Ngati Ruanui, Born in Palmerston North in 1977 with English, Maori, Indian descent.
Originally from Tokomaru, New Zealand, his earliest paintings reflect the landscape and environment of his childhood life in the countryside.
His aesthetic has a juvenile and playful “art brut” sensibility, his desire to create with lack of restriction lies in contrast to the functional nature of his work in architecture.
He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and North America which has provided much subject matter for his works.
Matt studied Architecture at Auckland University and worked in London and Sydney as an Architect.
He won the National Bank School Scholarship for the top grade in New Zealand for technical drawing in Bursary Examinations 1995 and the Senior Prize for Architecture at Auckland University for excellence in Design in 2000.
Matt recently won a gold pin at the 2017 Best awards in the spatial temporary structures and exhibition for the real pyramid schemer installation which was part of Artweek 2016.
Matt has had various successful individual and group art exhibitions around in Palmerston North, Auckland and in Sydney.
Moving back to Auckland in 2015, Matt is currently a professional teaching fellow at Auckland University Architecture & Planning School and mutli disciplinary architecture and art practice at Matt Liggins Studio.