Matthew Fasone is an American artist from New York City who has been living and working in Osaka, Japan since 2006. He creates assemblages and collages from found materials. His artwork is in several private collections and has been exhibited in countries throughout the world, including Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany and the United States.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1975 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Canisius College, Buffalo, New York. He did his postgraduate studies in fine arts at New York Academy of Art and Bridgeview School of Fine Arts, both in New York City.
Fasone’s work can best be described as primitive and the majority of his artwork is made from materials found on the street, most notably newspaper, cardboard, paper and wood. In addition to these he also uses graffiti stickers peeled from walls and telephone poles, paint and wall fragments as well as cement, wall posters and advertisements. As can be found throughout Fasone’s artwork, his assemblage and collage pieces create a sense of fragility and naivete and are quite archaic and primitive.
“These abandoned fragments still have life in them and I find them aesthetically pleasing. Simply put I’ve always been drawn to old, decaying things that exist in nature. There is a certain dichotomy which is common throughout my work and I combine objects that at times seem like they couldn’t possibly work together but create harmony from this dichotomy. The
relationships of light and dark, warm and cool, harmony and tension, preservation and
destruction and mobility and stability are contrary forces that are actually complementary and interconnected. We couldn't truly understand or describe something unless we had its opposite to compare it to. As an artist, I most often use opposites to create my artwork because I find that that helps bring a certain balance or grounding that I'm looking for. It's discipline. It's structure. That's my composition. It's creating organized chaos, if you will. I think in my artwork you can see all of those elements at play and working together”, he says.