The following press articles chronicle the noteworthy rise and successes of painter and street muralist Matt Gondek. The former graphic illustrator has received accolades from such diverse publications as hip hop magazines to culture blogs to city papers. Covering his live painting performances, gallery shows and well-known street murals, each article tells the tale of this Pittsburgh-born, now LA-based artist who’s deconstructed pop art stylings are taking the streets and many galleries by storm. His unusual and humorous approach to very popular subject matter has made his work not only immediately recognizable, but also has created an international fan base, with his paintings selling in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden, Germany, Paris, Canada, and Brazil as well as in collections across the US.
HypeBeast, November 2016 (Chinese)
Hype Beast Hong Kong is an art, music, and fashion based magazine.
El Diario NTR (Spanish)
A popular news site from Guadalajara Mexico
Players of Life (Spanish)
Players of Life is a Spanish business and Lifestyle magazine
Detik HOT (Indian)
A popular Indian news and gossip site
Channel 1 Los Angeles (Spanish)
Channel 1 Los Angeles provides news and information to the bilingual residents of LA. This article pertains to meeting the mayor of Jalisco Mexico
East Touch Magazine, November 2016 (Chinese)
East Touch is a fashion and culture magazine based out of Hong Kong.
Dumbwall Street Art Magazine, November 2016
Since 2004, Dumbwall Street Art Magazine has established itself as one of the leading publications pertaining to the world of street art. In the interview, Gondek talks about the second half of 2016, which included a solo exhibit in Hong Kong, an exhibit in Los Angeles, and his first time showing at Miami Art Basel.
FABRIK Media Group, August 2016
After almost a decade, Fabrik Magazine has pretty firmly established itself as the leading quarterly Art & Design publication in Los Angeles. The website, which also served as an LA gallery guide, exhibit and museum review platform, and provides artists profiles reaches an estimated 15,000 readers per month. This article, “All the World is a Museum,” written by long-time Fabrik writer and Independent Curator Dale Youngman, discusses the proliferation of high quality street murals in Los Angeles, and how Matt Gondek has added to the local scenery among other internationally known street artists.
Complex Magazine, June 2014
This article was written by Andrew Lasane, a freelance writer from South Carolina, who currently lives in Brooklyn. In this blog post, Lasane admires the first mural ever created by Matt Gondek. In his signature style of deconstructed pop, Gondek had painted a street art portrait of one of his favorite cartoon characters, Homer Simpson. Painted on the sly, on a wall in his Pittsburgh neighborhood, the mural remains the most famous of all Gondek’s work, as it is continuously circulated around the internet. This story led to the discovery of Gondek by hip hop artist Trinidad James, who commissioned him to create original artwork for his album cover “No One is Safe” in the Fall of 2014. Thank’s Lasane!
Pittsburgh City Paper, August 2014.
This review of “Big Bang,” a Bloomfield PA art event, was written by Kate Magoc during a collaborative exhibit by Matt Gondek and Brian Gonnella at The Shop in Bloomfield, PA. The pair of local artists shared a love of cartoon characters, comic books and video games, which inspired both of their art styles and subjects. Their common interests and styles blended well together, and led to large scale collaged collaborations reflective of their shared enthusiasm for animation and American Pop Culture. Evidently, their interest and amusement was also shared by many others, as the show’s six huge paintings were all sold before the closing date.
“Hip in Detroit” Art & Culture Blog, November 2015
“Hip in Detroit” is a blog site devoted to all things hip, happening, and culturally interesting in Detroit. Covering Matt Gondek’s solo show at The Storefront Gallery in Ferndale, MI, the writer, another self-admitted obsessed fan of the Simpson’s, even commissioned a painting of Ned Flanders, her favorite Simpson’s character. Her description of the work as “ the perfect mixture of camp and doom” is spot on accurate of his deconstructed depictions of Simpson characters, Beavis and Butthead, and Bugs Bunny. Note: After this article went to press, the show sold out every piece to enthusiastic collectors.
Be Street Magazine, June 2015
Both a publication and a well-respected online site, Be Street covers the best of street art and culture internationally. This interview with Matt Gondek took place in advance of the invitational group show in Los Angeles (July 25th and 26th 2015) and the Be Street Weeknd Paris (October 3rd and 4th 2015). A juried event of around 60 international artists with the theme of “Bootleg Bart,” Gondek was asked to participate based on his renowned deconstructed renditions of the American Pop Art icon Bart Simpson. His unique style was a big hit with the international crowd that attended both events.
Detroit Metro Times – October 2015
Advance publicity on his first solo show in Michigan, the Detroit Times previews the Matt Gondek exhibit entitled “Unholy Hands” at the Ferndale StoreFront Gallery. A personal appearance by the artist marked this as a special occasion for the gallery, as it was their first exhibition by a nationally known artist. The show featured Gondek’s signature bright and colorful paintings of cartoon characters in his deconstructed, exploded and fractured style. The well-known subject matter included animated TV series characters from the Simpsons and The Family Guy as well as old favorites Bugs Bunny and Garfield.