Artist Bio

With an undergraduate degree in painting from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree with concentrations in sculpture and photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Matthew Kellen has been creating and studying art for over two decades. His education and exploration also includes numerous residencies and studies throughout the United States, England, and France.

Matthew creates portraits of himself, those he loves, and the moments shared between them as a form of public rumination. He strives to make physical an individual process, so that it may become shared experience.


  • Oh My God, Union Arts
    2007, Chicago, IL
  • Create Hamtramck 2005, Hamtramck Beautification,
    2005, Society, Hamtramck, MI
  • Thesis Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum
    2006, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Only if you're not invited, open-end gallery
    2003, Chicago, IL
  • 60 Seconds of Play, Saltworks Gallery
    2006, Atlanta, GA
  • Goodbye, Cortez Street Gallery
    2002, Chicago, IL
  • Poetic Chaotic, Forum Gallery, CAA
    2006, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Bennett Project, Bennett Building Gallery
    1999, Urbana, IL
  • All About Me, open-end gallery
    2006, Chicago, IL
  • The Show That Made Me Famous, 200 Main
    1998, Urbana, IL
  • Around the Coyote, open-end gallery
    2005, Chicago, IL

Fine Art Practices

Requests for commissioned work and exhibitions invitations will be considered on an individual basis.