Tucked away on a quiet street in San Francisco, Matt has been creating spectacular sculptures for more than twenty-five years in his live/work studio. He is a curious and innovative builder; always considering new ways to create shapes using different materials and approaches. His process is a multi-faceted journey of creation that starts with drawings that fill dozens of sketchbooks. His shapes are Modernist, organic and feminine with curving lines that play with positive and negative space in a clever way. He works in bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and ceramics, which allows for a pleasing variation in his visual language. Matt also has a great sense of humor that comes through in his playful shapes and titles.
Matt’s work can be found in the permanent collection of SFMOMA, as well as corporate and private collections around the world. He is particularly well-known in the Bay Area, having placed monumental sculptures in the corporate collections of companies such as Genentech and Yahoo, and is currently creating another major commission in the city of Palo Alto.
Commissioned by Menlo Equities
Dented Brain Coral, 2018
S. San Francisco, CA
Jack Harris Sculpture Collection
North Central Michigan College
Telophase 1.0, 2013
Mexico City, Mexico
1956 b. San Jose, CA
Lives/works in San Francisco, CA
1974–1978 San Jose State University
2018 Corporate Commission, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA
Free-standing 10-foot diameter textured stainless steel outdoor sculpture. Title: Dented Brain Coral.
Public Commission, City of Hayward, CA 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center
Free-standing 16-foot painted aluminum outdoor sculpture. Title: Puzzle Piece.
2017 Private Commission, California Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at Ryan Ranch Campus
Free-standing 10-foot tall painted aluminum outdoor sculpture. Title: Rookie.
2016 Private Commission, California Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at main entrance
Free-standing 9-foot tall stainless steel and painted fiberglass outdoor sculpture. Title: Spillproof.
2013 Private Commission, Palace Hotel, NYC
An edition of 65 cast aluminum 4-foot tall sculptures.
Private Commission, Telophase 1.0, Mexico City, Mexico
2008 Private Commission, Renown Hospital, Reno, NV
Four free-standing painted aluminum outdoor sculptures, ranging 10–14 feet tall.
2007 Private Commission, Menlo Equities, Sunnyvale, CA
Free-standing painted aluminum outdoor sculpture, 14 feet tall.
2005 Private Commission, Allergan, Irvine, CA
Free-standing painted aluminum outdoor sculpture, 8 feet tall.
2002 Private Commission, Yahoo headquarters, Sunnyvale, CA
Five free-standing painted aluminum outdoor sculptures, ranging 9–12 feet tall.
Private Commission, Catsuit, Jack Harris Sculpture Collection, N. Central Michigan College,
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 Limitless, I. Wolk Galleries, St, Helena, CA
Matt Gil, Sloan Miyasato Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2013 Pop Quiz, 555 California St, San Francisco, CA
2011 Variety Pack, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
2009 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2008 Reel to Real, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Matt Gil, Gallery 555, Oakland Museum of California at City Center, Oakland, CA
2005 Trinkets, Bank of America Building, 555 California Street, San Francisco, CA
(presented by Heather Marx Gallery & Jan Casey and Associates)
2002 Pedigree, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 Sculptures by Matt Gil, Stankus Conway Associates, Inc., San Francisco, CA
1990 Recent Sculpture in Bronze, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Carmel, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Playscape, Monumental sculpture, Aerena, Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, CA
SCULP, Needles & Pens, San Francisco, CA
2014 Shift, The New Black, San Francisco, CA
Creativity, Change, Commitment, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
2013 Split Focus, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Smitten, I. Wolk Galleries, St. Helena, CA
2012 Napa Art Walk, City of Napa, CA
2011 Sea Change, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
2008 On Beauty, Cliff Lede Gallery, Napa, CA
2007 Art in the Groves, Orinda, CA
Energy & Elegance, Paradise Ridge, Santa Rosa, CA
2002 Matt Gil and Charles Arnoldi, 425 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
2001 The Inaugural Exhibition, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 Sculpture Walk, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Group Sculpture Show, Vitra, San Francisco, CA
1990 California Aftershock, K. Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, CA
West L.A.…Art Galleries Introduction to Glendale, 801 North Brand, Glendale, CA
Art Action Energy, Barnsdale Art Park, Los Angeles, CA
Chicago International Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Motion Motion Kinetic Art, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA
1989 Looking North, Gensler and Associates/Architects, Los Angeles, CA
1981 California Artists’ Exhibition/Sales, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1979 San Francisco Museum of Art’s Annual Artist Patron Exhibition, SF Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA
1978 Upstarts, Redding Art Museum, Redding, CA
2005 Kunststiftung Lutz Ackermann Bildhauer, Gäufelden-Nebringen, Germany