Matthew Robert Friese is a draftsperson in a multitude of
mediums. Born in 1981 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
raised in Arkansas, and educated in Florida. He received a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 2008.
His inspirations as an artist stem from science fact and fiction,
pop culture nostalgia, the natural world, existentialism, and the
power of imagination. The works he creates vary, from illustrations
of animals and recognizable science fiction or horror characters, to
his own visionary interpretations of personal thoughts and ideas.
He has a deep affection for meticulous mark-making, as he
builds textures by layering thousands of tiny lines. This allows him to
achieve a zen-like meditation while working. Mostly, he produces
monochromatic drawings, ink on paper or vellum, or woodburnings
When he isn’t drawing, Matt enjoys the outdoors, watching
movies, playing video games, cats, and being left alone. His works can
be seen on Instagram, under the handle “Artofmattfriese”.