Matthew Bourbon is an artist and writer. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Bourbon earned separate undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California at Davis. Relocating to New York City, Bourbon earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. Since then, his art has been exhibited nationally and internationally. A selection of group exhibitions include: The Song Sings Itself, Kenise Barnes Fine Arts, Larchmont, NY; Death of a Propane Salesman, Anxiety and the Texas Artist, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, Texas; Red Velvet, Rudolph Projects/Art Scan Gallery, Houston, Texas; ArtExpo 2005, Salone d’Arte Contemporanea, Trieste, Italy; London Biennale 2004, Gallery 32, London, England; New American Talent 19, Arthouse-Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, Texas and New York Arts Gallery, Drawing Conclusions II, New York, New York. Past solo exhibitions include Tender Pioneers, Darke Gallery, Houston Texas, Crass, Cruel and Uncouth, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas; The Artist's Eye, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas and True Fictions, Studio 107, Austin, Texas. Bourbon has been nominated and won numerous awards for his work. Most recently, he was awarded the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant by the Dallas Museum of Art to conduct research in Japan. He has also been selected twice to be included in the Texas Biennial and in New American Painting, where his work was highlighted as a Juror’s Pick. Bourbon is also an art critic and contributor to Art Forum Online, Flash Art, ArtNews, New York Arts Magazine, Glasstire Online Arts Journal and he served for several years as the regional editor for the journal Art Lies.