We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Stenberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’m fascinated with the idea that one can create something from nothing that has never before existed. From a blank page can come infinity. It’s about freedom and possibilities.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a contemporary artist using abstract painting to engage themes of common human experience. In my latest series of paintings I’m exploring consciousness and the emotions I encounter there during a time of widespread upheaval. My artistic process is cathartic, allowing an expression of fear and anxiety to be met by an underlying theme of hope. I draw heavily on the work of iconic abstract artists Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler and Cy Twombly as well as contemporary artists Heather Day and Rashid Johnson. My paintings feature a stark vertical rectangle atop a horizon in muted colors of grays, blues, oranges and reds. I hope someone will be able to enjoy viewing the paintings as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Surf and Santana’s! I’d spend a week hanging out at the beach and eating Mexican food. For drinks Newport street in OB is my spot and I hope all those bars and restaurants stay healthy and in business! Sunset beers at Sunset Company, fish tacos at South Beach and late night drinks at Pacific Shores.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It would be absolutely impossible for me to have been able to do what I’ve done without the love and support of my wife Anna. We started dating at almost the exact same time as I began working for myself and she’s been incredibly supportive the entire time.