21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Matthew Saba

Matthew Saba, Harper, oil, 13 x 12.

Matthew Saba, Harper, oil, 13 x 12.


Art education: I am mostly self-taught, but I have corresponded and become friendly with contemporary artists over the years. I’ve also developed a habit of sneaking into classes and lectures when the chance and time affords it.

Style: The short answer is realist. The long answer is that I’ve never really felt any large sway toward one style over another. I do, however, have a strong affinity for the naturalists, early Flemish painters, contemporary Spanish painters, and mid- to late-century American photography.

Creative Spark: The passage of time, and its erosion of forms, particularly sculptures and architecture, which shows in my work.

Second-Choice Career: I think that if you’re serious about becoming an artist, it’s best to just burn all the other bridges and not look back.

Matthew Saba, Pelican, oil, 40 x 48.

Matthew Saba, Pelican, oil, 40 x 48.

One Thing Most People Don’t Know About You: Despite being a bartender, occasional teacher, and, once upon a time, a lead singer, I’m cripplingly shy.

Best Advice Received: Be honest about who and what you are.

Favorite Studio Music: I listen to a lot of Bruce Springsteen.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Anything by Andrew Wyeth or Antonio Mancini.

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