Matthew Choberka

My paintings begin, as many others do, with something close to what Frank Auerbach once described as “ a lump” in the mind…something vague, unformed, but unyielding and demanding to be paid attention. Though it can cause some anxiety when beginning new work, I am pretty used to this state of things. Until I begin to work with that first gnawing impulse, nothing is going to happen. Once that first set of structures is there, I know that a big part of the process is going to be to undo, to cancel, at the very least to push around most of the early decisions in the painting, leaving them basically unrecognizable. Strange to think, but what this process amounts to is a kind of falling backward into an image. I guess I hope that, while nothing about this way of working is straightforward or constructive (in the sense of creating a skeleton and building upon it), there is still a meaningful way in which the history of what has happened with the painting has had purpose, although that doesn’t seem the right word.

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Matthew earned his BFA from Columbia College in Chicago in 1993, followed by studies in painting and sculpture at the New York Studio School from until 1997.  He then spent a year in Berlin, Germany, at Hochschule der Kunste before earning  his MFA in Painting from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 2005.

Choberka’s current paintings are hybrids of visual language that engage the instability and complexity of contemporary life – depicting our world as a place constantly at war with itself.  In the paintings, he confronts both his identification with humanity, and his (sometime) dissatisfaction with it.   Above all, he seeks to create a truthful image.  All of the elemental forces of painting – form, color, structure, and space – are in service to this aim.  Most importantly, he wants the painting to be, in a very real sense, alive.

Matthew has received many awards and grants and his work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions.  He is presently on the faculty in the Department of Visual Arts at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

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