Matt Puchalski

MATT PUCHALSKI — Artist Bio

Matthew (Matt) Puchalski’s enthusiasm for art began at an early age when his mother taught him how to paint and draw. Puchalski earned his first formal recognition at the age of eleven when he won first place in an art contest for his drawing of Chicago Bull’s basketball great, Michael Jordan, set against Chicago’s skyline.

Matt Puchalski’s passion and commitment to art continued as he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the American Academy of Art located in Chicago. Through his creativity, he distinguished himself and was chosen as the class of 2003 valedictorian. After graduation, Puchalski incorporated his talent for art and design into launching Masterpiece Framing, a custom picture framing business located in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Masterpiece quickly became an award-winning and nationally recognized business which provided Puchalski with the opportunity to pursue his love of painting.

Puchalski has created a series of Chicago skyline original paintings and prints including landmarks such as the Sears Tower, Chicago Water Tower and the Art Institute. Puchalski’s style has been described as “modern impressionism” for his use of quick, calculated brushstrokes and intense colors.

Puchalski explains the process and technique behind the creation of his art: “I begin by taking photographs of Chicago’s breathtaking skyline and architecture that later serve as reference material for my pastel paintings. Using sandpaper as my substrate, I lay down thick strokes of pastel creating dynamic, vibrant compositions inspired from my photographs. From the original paintings, Giclée prints are created at Masterpiece Framing utilizing state-of-the-art printing equipment.”

MY PROCESS

Photograph Sketch Paint Print Frame

I AM

• An Artist
• A Picture Framer
• A Graphic Designer
• An Entrepreneur
• Grateful I do what I do for a living

I'M INSPIRED BY

• My wife & daughter
• The Chicago skyline at night
• Nature
Apple
Rocky

I ENJOY

• Painting, drawing and all things art
• Building and fixing stuff
• Running
• Spending time with my family
• A tall glass of Guinness