BIO

Born 1979, Woodland, CA
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, MFA, 2008
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, BFA, 2001

SCREENINGS

2013
Local Sightings Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Animasyros International Animation Festival
, Syros, Greece
Jack Straw Artist Screening – A Treaty
, Jack Straw Productions, Seattle, WA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
You’re Better Than History (two person exhibition with Cameron McPherson),  Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008
A Change is Gonna Come
,  Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

 2001
Senior Show
, Isabel Percy West Gallery, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
CoCA Annual, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Rooted, Columbia City Gallery

2011
619@306, Rock|DeMent, Seattle, WA
Buy What You Love,
Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fundraiser, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York NY

 2010
Videorover: Season 1
, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY
Crown Heights Film Festival
, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
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Sense Us 2010!, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA
2nd Annual Terminal Short Video Festival
, Terminal, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

 2009
Artsite Miami
, Artsite Miami,  Miami, FL
A Minus Suitcase,
Brain Factory, Seoul, Korea

 2008
A Minus Suitcase, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
Animal
, School of Visual Arts MFA Thesis Show, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2007
The [S] Files 007 El Museo’s 5th Bienal
, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

2006
Superhero Shenanigans
, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA

2005
OPN
,  Red Ink Studios, SF Mart Gallery, San Francisco, CA
El Ultimo Grito
, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
The Cardboard Show
, Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2003
Moments Notice
, Galeria de La Raza, San Francisco, CA

2002
Ritmo de Hoy/Rhythm of Today
, La Raza Galeria Posada, Sacramento, CA

AWARDS
2011 Artist Trust GAP Grant Recipient (http://artisttrust.org/index.php/award-winners/artist-profile/justin_mata)

Jack Straw Productions 2011 Artist Support Program, Seattle, WA (www.jackstraw.org/)

Member of the Artist Pension Trust, New York (www.aptglobal.org)

CURATORIAL

Curator – Rare Medium Gallery (www.raremediumseattle.com/gallery), December 2011 – May 2013
Organized and curated solo and group exhibitions and performances

PRESS

Seattle PI Interview (with Xavier Lopez)

A Word on Group Shows, The Stranger

The Stranger Suggests (Cameron McPherson solo show at Rare Medium Gallery, curated by Justin Mata)

WRITINGS

Vector, Issue 1  (NY based print and online journal publishing essays by artists)

4Culture  (blog for Seattle based non-profit organization)

Side Arts (I was invited to write for this Philadelphia based blog about a transformative experience I’d had with my art)