About the Artist
Award winning artist Joseph Mattus has always sought to blend his lifetime of experiences and influences alongside the detailed technical guidance of teachers and mentors. Mattus has found his success influenced by the Masters such as Velazquez and Bourgoureau as well as contemporary artists from around the world.
It’s time tested that most kids paint or draw with the sole purpose of attaching that paper to the refrigerator. When Mattus first discovered art it was an emotional connection that allowed him to immerse himself in a world of his own imagination. This personal emotional connection now feeds his ability to truly bring a subject to life and help it find a voice.
Joseph refined this rough talent at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he studied the technical aspects of capturing his subject. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Mattus continued his love of portraiture while also following in his father’s footsteps in an extremely successful twenty-one year career in Business. It has been his art that kept him truly satisfied however, and has led him to an equally successful and now exclusive career as a portrait and figure artist.
While living in New York City, Mattus studied at the School of Visual Arts under Master portrait artist, Marvin Mattelson, as well at The Grand Central Academy with Artist Scott Waddell. Joseph integrated the flesh-tone palette used by Marvin Mattelson (palette derived from that of William Mcgregor Paxton) and the drawing, transfer, and finish-as-you-go method taught by Scott Waddell at the Jacob Collins founded Grand Central Academy. This classical approach coupled with the finest of materials will produce an heirloom that will endure and captivate for generations to come.
Now living near Tampa, Florida, Joseph surrounds himself with the beauty and peace of both the Florida landscapes and his wife, Tiani, who he credits as a daily inspiration. Joseph is commissioned for pieces both locally and nationally.