|M A T T H E W F A S O N E
Educational and Fine Art Studies
2005 – 2006 New York Academy of Art
2004 – 2005 Bridgeview School of Fine Arts
2003 – 2004 Maryland College of Art and Design
1993 – 1998 Canisius College Fine Art Department
Matthew Fasone is an American artist from New York City who has been living and working in
Osaka, Japan since 2006. He creates assemblages, collages & installations 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 found materials, most notably cardboard,
paper and wood. The abandoned fragments that he has collected still has life in them and for Fasone are aesthetically pleasing.
"Simply put, I've always been attracted to old, decaying things in nature, whether they may be organic or inorganic. My artworks are
comprised of the dichotomy between light and dark, warm and cool, harmony and tension, preservation and destruction and mobility and
stability." These contrary yet complimentary dualities are the main principles of yin yang in Chinese philosophy and are the underlying
themes in Fasone's artwork.
In addition to this, there is a term in Japanese called, 'wabisabi' which can be translated to mean an aesthetic sense in art that
emphasizes quiet simplicity and subdued refinement. This term accurately describes Fasone's art. He combines objects that at times
seem like they couldn't possibly work together, but creates harmony from this dichotomy. There is a certain sense of fragility and naiveté
in his archaic and primitive works and the found fragments from the street that he uses share a non-hierarchal, symbiotic relationship.
One cannot exist without the other. One transforms the other. It is the existence of these two things together and "how" they exist
and work together as an artwork that is of importance. The dichotomy of his art emphasizes the importance of opposites and
compositionally speaking, forces us to have a better understanding of the nature and balance of relationships.