Matthew Ivan Cherry was born and raised in Arizona. He grew up in St. Johns at the base of the White Mountains in northeastern Arizona and received a BFA from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with an emphasis in painting and drawing. He received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lived and painted in Chicago’s far-south side with his family of seven for 12 years. He is currently the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at The Art Institute of Boston. He has taught and guest lectured at various institutions including The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies, the Evanston Art Center, Moraine Valley Community College, Prairie State, South Suburban College, Columbia College, OxBow (artist residency for SAIC), and The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. He has shown extensively in the Chicago and Midwest region and nationally in various art expos; ArtLA, Affordable Art Fair New York, and San Francisco International Art Exposition. His newest body of paintings explores portraiture as a genre examining self and cultural identity with larger-than-life depictions of his self, spouse, children, friends, and random people from around the world. The images are direct and frontal using the body (nude) and attire as a prop to link identity with current streams of realism, history, and fictional and pop culture.