Matt Chinian

Matt Chinian (b.1961) is a prolific landscape painter, his work is done all on site, with oil paint on canvas. Matt’s ability to capture light and color is remarkable, his paintings are completed before light conditions change and almost always less than 2 hours. He will wander about Upstate New York by car and find scenes; urban streets, farm lands, gas stations or rivers, composing his own brand of social realism “I want to create a commentary without judgement, about the place I live, what I see and what I focus my attention on.”

Matt earned a degree in painting and sculpture at Bennington College and then an M.F.A. in sculpture and drawing at SUNY Albany. After his education, Matt spent 25 years earning a living as a carpenter in his adopted home of Cambridge, NY. He returned to painting, in 2010. “I could no longer just look at the landscape I lived in”, he is now working as an artist full time.

Photo of Matt Chinian

2017 - 2019

Install View


Born 1961, Cambridge, MA

1988 M.F.A. Sculpture and Drawing, University at Albany, Albany NY
1984 B.A. Sculpture and Painting, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

Selected Exhibitions
2018 Places Recorded, Solo show, OCCS, Old Chatham, NY
Still. Life. Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY
Gallery Artists, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY
The Artist’s Space, National Bottle Museum, Ballston Spa, NY
Louis Miller Museum, Hoosick Falls, NY

2017 Open Spaces, Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY
Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Widlund Gallery, Tannery Pond Center, North Creek, NY
Landscapes for Landsake, Juried Exhibition for ASA Farmland, Coila, NY

2016 Trask Art Show (best in show), Saratoga Springs, NY
Upstate Artists, Laffer gallery, Schurlerville, NY
Amp Galleries, Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs, NY
Roundhouse Bakery Café, Cambridge, NY
Landscapes for Landsake, Juried Exhibition/Sale for ASA Farmland, Coila, NY

2015 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Solo Show, Manchester, VT
The Folklife Center at Crandall Library, Batten Kill, Glens Falls, NY
Saratoga Springs Visitors center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Pangea, North Bennington, VT
Valley Artisans Market, Cambridge, NY
Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Albany, NY
Landscapes for Landsake, Juried Exhibition for ASA Farmland, Coila, NY

2014 A Year In Paint, Salem Community Courthouse, Salem, NY
A Year In Paint, Uncommon Grounds, Saratoga Springs, NY/Albany, NY
Landscapes for Landsake, Juried Exhibition for ASA Farmland, Coila, NY
Upstate Artists, Laffer Gallery, Schurlerville, NY

2013 Salem Art Works, Salem, NY
Landscapes for Landsake, Juried Exhibition for ASA Farmland, Coila, NY

1996 Concrete World, No B.I.A.S. North Bennington, VT

1991 Goodrich Gallery, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

1989 Munson Williams Arts Institute, Utica, NY

1988 Everson Biennial, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

2015 Salem2Salem, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY
2014 Salem2Salem, Schloss Salem, Salem, Germany