Matthew Rose was born in New York in 1959, graduated from Brown University in Semiotics, studying linguistics, art, film, writing. While painting and producing collage works, he wrote about New York’s art scene, principally the East Village, but also other areas in the art world that involved Fluxus, Dada and Mail Art. Matthew Rose met Ray Johnson in April of 1990 (they were neighbors on Long Island, NY at the time) and regularly corresponded with the artist.
The artist moved to France in 1992 where he currently lives and works. Matthew produces large-scale collage works, installations, drawings and a wide variety of objects. The artist has exhibited widely in both Europe and the United States in sometimes floor to ceiling installations collage works; his most recent exhibition with Converge Gallery was the wildly successful The Letters (2013) in which 333 works were all mailed to the gallery.
Matthew Rose’s works are collected both publicly and privately in the US and Europe; his text prints – “Paintings” are permanently installed at The Boca Raton Museum of Fine Art, Boca Raton, Florida, and his global project A Book About Death is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The artist is currently working on two projects – Suicide Specials, a collage suite – and One Thousand Queens, a work based upon the seminal power of image of Queen Elizabeth’s silhouette. The latter just debuted in Rijeka, Croatia (October, 2014).