In true California style, Matt Rogers’ paintings engage both landscape and Pop art, often creating an uncanny synergy between the two.
California-based artist Matt Rogers synthesizes Pop art with classic Western painting, depicting timeless subjects in a wholly original and contemporary style marked by bold colors, energetic gestures, and unexpected compositions. For Rogers, the process of painting “is one of questioning, and confidence that you’ll get there.”
In Rogers’ work, we can sense the artist’s deep understanding of California’s complicated, dark, bright beauty. As a lifelong resident, he knows firsthand that California’s landscape is as precarious as it is idyllic--prone to devastation in the form of earthquakes, fires, and mudslides. It is a place where utopia coexists with dystopia, and sunshine and noir are always two sides of the same coin.
Born in Oakland, Rogers studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. As a young artist he worked for the Paul Thiebaud Gallery, and visited the studios of some of the most important California artists. He became close with Thiebaud and his father, Wayne, and still visits the elder painter for an annual critique. He lives and works in St. Helena, and has exhibited his paintings in museum, solo and group exhibitions in California and beyond.