Matt Devine is a self-taught sculptor whose career began in San Diego, California in 1995 where he learned metal fabrication and welding with his father. He progressed his craft by working with several different fabrication studios, designers, and architects, eventually creating his own style and designs. His functional pieces gave way to non-representational sculptures of steel, aluminum, and bronze.
The contrasts of nature and industry, light and shadow, and chaos and order are major themes found throughout his work. He pares down organic shapes formed from sheet metal, and welds them together in harmonious patterns, creating the illusion that the piece is as light as paper rather than a heavy metal. These contrasts and illusions, along with the relationships of patterns and boundaries, speak to his desire to contain chaos and push out the discord of an information-saturated culture. He even says that his process of welding has become a retreat from cultural noise.
Matt’s work is currently on display at highly-regarded galleries across the country, as well as in private American collections from Los Angeles to Boston and internationally on five continents. He also has expanded his scope to include the design and fabrication of large-scale public works displayed in prominent urban settings.