Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Upon graduation, he worked in the Exhibitions Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and later at the national non-profit The Nature Conservancy. He started his art studio, Curlew Castings, in 1984.
"Walter Matia is a man who possesses a great vision of the world around him,” writes painter and sculptor William F. Reese. “Great vision, honest work, strong drive, and a refusal to settle for second best are what make a Matia sculpture stand above most others. The largest share of Walter’s work is what I would call biographical: the subject matter is so much a part of his life that it is like a diary — personal art that comes straight from the heart.”
Matia’s sculptures are exhibited at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI), the Brookgreen Gardens (Murrell’s Inlet, SC), the National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY), and the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa, OK), among others. He has received the Award of Excellence from The Society of Animal Artists; Gold and Bronze Medals from the National Sculpture Society; the Red Smith Award from the Western Visions Show & Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art; the Master Wildlife Artist Award from the Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; and both the Pitman Wildlife and the Exceptional Artistic Merit Awards at the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale.
He is a Master Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and a Master Wildlife Artist at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Matia is a regular participant at the Masters of the American West, the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, and Western Visions Show & Sale. He resides in Dickerson, Maryland, with his wife, daughter, son, and two Labradors.
Matia is represented by Collectors Covey (Dallas), Gerald Peters Gallery (Santa Fe), Legacy Gallery (Jackson, WY), and Simpson Gallagher Gallery (Cody, WY).