Born January 26, 1972 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Matthew Hunt is as proud of where he began as he is humbled by where his art has taken him. Although he has spent a lifetime drawing and studying, he only started painting in 1997, completing ten works for his first solo show in October of 1998. Since then, he has completed hundreds of commissioned portraits and original works which hang in public and private collections around the world. Hunt's body of work displays a rare sensitivity for both the medium and the subject, a reverence for the great masters and a uniqueness all his own. As a self-taught artist, he has always worked tirelessly to develop his gift and expand what he naturally understands. His greatest inspiration comes from artists whose style is nothing like his, who see in a completely different way, but his motivation comes from within, from a desire to use his own voice and to be heard clearly in the conversation of today's painters.