The following is a recent review by art historian Richard Serros, PhD (Art Historian & Gallery Director):

Matt Rhoades works directly on his paintings without reference to direct observation or printed imagery and does not develop his compositions through a series of drawing studies. Instead, he depends on life’s memories that reveal themselves though the process of directly applying the paint and adjusting the composition through the development of layers. Though the objective elements in most of the works have been simplified, bits and pieces of objectivity ground them in real world. Simplification is balanced with a complexity of layering effects, varied paint application, contrasting color harmonies and the inclusion of actual sculptural elements on a few of the works, enhancing their three-dimensional depth. Patterns are developed from geometric and biomorphic shapes as well as calligraphic gestures. Paint has been applied in heavy impasto layers with the brush, palate knife and at times straight out of the tube. Sometimes the paint was modeled with multi-toothed tools, the edge of a cup, or pressed with a textured surface and enhanced with string, skewers and other solid objects. These formal qualities contribute to a well-balanced sense of the artist’s persistently acute perception and imagination. Recollections of direct observation, dreams and flights of fantasy blend into suggestive relationships giving this group of paintings the sense of a continuing story of interpretation and reflection. They collectively present a truly idiosyncratic development of an integral language of form and mark making with a strong but harmonious push and pull of color contrasts. It is our hope that you will take time to view the works slowly and let the imagery play in your mind where it can ignite your own imagination and creative spirit.

About Matt Rhoades

I was born in Oakland California and raised in Concord California. I attended Mt Diablo High school and Diablo Valley Jr. College before moving to Sacramento to attend Sacramento State College graduating with a Masters degree in 1982. In 1986 I co-founded Southside Art Center, a program for people with developmental disabilities. I retired in 2018 and throughout all this, I continued to create art, which is crucial to my understanding of life.​

Artist Statement:

I view my artwork in evolutionary terms, in which I follow the progression of my creativity to fulfill my artistic vision. This process begins with establishing a connection, or dialogue, with the painting. Therefore, I don’t do preliminary drawings or studies to determine the imagery; instead I let the colors, patterns, and shapes in the painting come through organically.  

​The concepts that emerge are sometimes linked to something I have observed in various cultures or through a connection with nature. I create patterns and colors that help fill space with variation or surface tensions. Then, I work at balancing tensions in colors, composition, shapes, and patterns while making headway toward completion. My most recent work chronicles my reflection on human emotions, music, pianos, life, and the confronting nature of art.   



MASTERS DEGREE IN ART. 1982 California State University – Sacramento, California              

BACHELORS DEGREE IN ART; 1978 California State University, Sacramento Ca

ASSOCIATES Arts Degree; 1976 Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill Ca.


In addition to my personal exhibition record, I have had artwork selected for inclusion in numerous television programs and movies. These include The Big C, Big Little Lies, How I Met Your Mother, Suburgatory, The Big Bang Theory, Weeds, Two Broke Girls, The Kominsky Method, and many more. Please see "Hollywood Works" for more information. In the resume are also site specific, large scale, public art installations purchased by the State of California or Private Corporations.


2018 E St, Sacramento, Ca. Two person Exhibition

2017 ARC Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. Group Exhibition.

2016 Modesto Jr College Gallery, Modesto, Ca. One person exhibition, artist lecture.

2014 Grand Theatre of the Arts, Tracy, Ca. One person exhibition, lecture and master class. Artist in Residency.

2013 Hearts exhibition, E st Studio & Gallery, Sacramento, Ca. Group exhibition.

2012 Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery, group exhibition.

2012 Studio Artist Exhibition, Group exhibition E St studio & gallery.

2011 Chico Art Center, Chico, California, two person exhibition.

2011 Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, Ca. Large works two person exhibition.

2011 Montana Artist Refuge, Basin, Montana. Two week residency & one person exhibition at Montana Artist Colony.

2010 Large Works Exhibition, Roseville, Ca. Awarded the best of show for mixed media.

​2010 Stanford University Art Spaces, Stanford, Ca. Three person exhibition of large scale works.

2009 - 2012 E Street Studio and Gallery, Sacramento, Ca. Numerous group exhibitions.

2008 University of Southern Oregon, Ashland, Oregon. One person exhibition, Stevenson Union Gallery.

2008 Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, Ca. Group exhibition. 

2008 Department of Human Services, Sacramento, Ca. Designed and supervised site-specific artwork & ceramic murals.

2007 Ragdale Foundation, Artist in Residency, Chicago, Illinois.

2006 Winters Center for the Arts, Winters, Ca. One person exhibition.

2006 Department of Justice, Sacramento, Ca. Designed and supervised production of site specific art.

2006 Department of Consumer Affairs, Natomas, Ca. Designed and supervised production of site-specific art for Arco Arena café. 

2006 California Bistro, Sacramento, Ca. Designed and supervised production of Artwork for the Department of Rehabilitation.  Work included: large painting, copper works and sculpture.

2005 State Department of Justice, Sacramento, Ca. Supervised production of an Art piece depicting gold mining in California using Recycled materials.

2005 Department of Food and Agriculture, California Bistro Art. Sacramento, Ca., Designed the concept, supervised, produced, and installation of site-specific 2D and 3D artwork utilizing recycled and standard materials.     

2005 Department of Finance, Sacramento, Ca. Co-designed and supervised production and site specific 3-D artwork produced from recycled materials with an under-water theme.   

2005 In Alliance Project. Sacramento, Ca. Supervised and designed site-specific artwork, which included ceramic murals, handmade paper pieces, and acrylic paintings.      

2005 California Secretary of State, Sacramento, Ca. Supervised production of an individual, site-specific art piece produced from materials including coffee beans, aluminum, old maps, and fabric with 49er Gold Pan imagery.

2005 “What We Say” Part 6 (Video). Organized, directed, and produced a video supported by a S.M.A.C. grant, featuring the talent, thoughts, dreams, and issues important to people with developmental disabilities.   

2005 Department of Rehabilitation, Sacramento, Ca. Designed and supervised production of artwork, including a 55’ ceramic mural using train and food images.

2004 Franchise Tax Board, Sacramento, Ca. Designed and supervised production of artwork. 

2004 Cal Trans Environmental Art Installation, Sacramento, Ca. Supervised, designed, and produced various artworks made from recycled materials with a tropical theme. 

2003 CAL EPA Joe Serna Building, Sacramento, Ca. Supervised, design production, and installation of 23’ murals entitled "Wild Life". Included 5 large fish, 2 large paper pieces, and a large flock of starlings piece out of recycled materials.

2002 “What We Say” Parts 1-5 (Video). Organized, directed, and produced a 5 part video series featuring people with developmental disabilities showcasing their abilities.

2001 La Bou, Sacramento Ca. Developed the concept and design for a large site-specific art piece entitled "World of Good Taste" in restaurant's boardroom.

2000 Marysville Fine Art Center, Marysville, Ca. Received Jury’s award.

2000 California Fine Arts Exhibition, California Exhibition Center, State Fair. Sacramento, Ca. 

2000  S.M.U.D. Gallery Art Exhibition, Sacramento, Ca.

2000 Marysville Fine Arts Center, Marysville, Ca. Received Jury's award.

2000 California Bold Expressions, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, Ca. Received Jury Award.

1999 California Fine Arts Exhibition, California Exposition Center, California State Fair. Sacramento, Ca. 

1999 California Bold Expressions, Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Sacramento, Ca. Received Jury's award. 

1999 Department of Solid Waste Management, Sacramento, Ca. Site-specific artwork for the boardroom & gallery.  

1998 California Fine Arts Exhibition, California Exposition Center, State Fair. Sacramento, Ca. Received Jury's award.

1998 California Arts Annual Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Sacramento, Ca. Received Best in Show. 

1998 Solano County Regional Art Exhibition, Fairfield, Ca.

1998 Lodi Community Art Center, Annual Exhibition, Lodi, Ca.

1998 Nelson Art Gallery, Group Exhibition, Davis, Ca.

1998 S.M.U.D.Gallery, Sacramento State 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Sacramento, Ca.

1998 Intel Exhibition, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Sacramento, Ca.

More exhibition records upon request.

Collectors list available upon request.

Publications available upon request.