Matt Cusick was born in New York City in 1970 and graduated from The Cooper Union with a B.F.A. in 1993. His work has been exhibited internationally since 1996, including New York City gallery shows at Andrew Kreps, Kent and Pavel Zoubok. Cusick was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts painting fellowship in 2006, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art residency fellowship in 2008 and the esteemed LUX Institute residency in 2013. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at The Cooper Union; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and currently at Southern Methodist University. His work is held in numerous public and private collections including the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nasher Sculpture Center and the Progressive Art Collection.
Cusick lets his work be guided by his various materials: maps, atlases, encyclopedias and school textbooks. “I like to catalog, archive, and arrange information and then dismantle, manipulate, and reconfigure it,” says Cusick. “I use maps as a surrogate for paint and as a way to expand the limits of representational painting.”