About The Artist

“Much of my artwork reflects a fascination with cultural artifacts, especially discarded objects and their potential symbolic value.  As forms within compositions these things might offer meanings and insights into the human condition.  Most often I interpret the things that I collect into marble. Through this transformation process I seek to develop these objects into symbols from the past and as archetypal forms of contemporary society.
Matt Auvinen
1958 Born in Saynatsalo, Finland
1984 BA California State University, Chico
1995 MFA Bowling Green State University, Ohio
1989-94 Artisan for several stone carving laboratories in Pietrasanta, Italy
1991-93 Sculpture Instructor Temple University in Rome
1992-2005 Sculpture and Drawing Instructor Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
2005-07 3-D Design Instructor California State University, Chico
2008 to present Stone Carving Instructor Istituto veneto per I beni culturali, Venice, Italy