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Meena Matocha

American, b. Austin, Texas 1977

Lives and works in Pflugerville, Texas

Matocha uses charcoal, ashes, soil and wax to create paintings, combining abstraction and figuration, exploring the space between grief and joy, the place where heaven and earth converge.  Matocha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, focus on painting and drawing from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000.  After a long break from creating art, during which time she lived overseas serving with a non-profit organization, Matocha returned to her native home of Austin, Texas where she now makes art full time.  Matocha had her inaugural solo show in 2017 at the Asian American Resource Center in Austin,TX and has exhibited at Women and Their Work in Austin, TX, The Gallery at Atelier 1205 in Austin, TX, and Big Medium Gallery in Austin, TX, among other venues. She has been listed as an artist to see by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin’s Sightlines Magazine, Austin Monthly Magazine and Art Profiler.  Her work is held in private and public collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Education

2017 Figure Painting Master Class with portrait and figure painter Jennifer Balkan, 6 weeks

2010 Art Institute of XinJiang, China, Studied Chinese Traditional Art and Ink Painting

2000 Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, The University of Texas at Austin, focus on Drawing and Painting

1995-1997 Texas Woman’s University, Studied Pre-Med Biology, Chemistry and Art

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2019 June, Solo Exhibit – “We Shake With Joy, We Shake With Grief,” The Gallery at Atelier 1205, Austin, TX

2017 April, Two Person Exhibit – “And the Distance Dissolves Into the Love,” Asian American Resource Center; Austin, TX

Group Exhibitions

2020 December, “The Art of Peace,” Julia C. Butridge Gallery at The Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX

2019 October, “Everything That Matters,” Asian American Resource Center; Austin, TX

2019 September, Red Dot Art Festival, Women and Their Work Gallery; Austin, TX

2019 July, “Go Figure,” Link+Pin Gallery, Austin, TX

2019 June, Christians in the Visual Arts International Biennial Juried Exhibition, Bethel University; St. Paul, MN

2019 May, WEST Austin Studio Tour, La Petite Provence; Austin, TX

2019 The People’s Gallery, Austin, TX

2018 EAST Austin Studio Tour, The Parish House; Austin, TX; Curator and Exhibitor

2018 “Chasing Ghosts,” Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2018 July, Pflugerville Artists Show, The City of Pflugerville Library, Pflugerville, TX; Curator and Exhibitor

2018 “Destination I,” The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2018 Retrospective, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2017 EAST Austin Studio Tour; The Parish House, Austin, TX; Curator and Exhibitor

2017 “Build Hope, Not Walls,” Charity Auction curated by Nick Ramos; Big Medium Gallery, Austin, TX

2017 “Memories”, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2017 “Unity/Diversity”, Pop-Up Gallery at Cianfrani Coffee Co., Cedar Park, TX

2017 “Passageway”, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2016 Austin Art Space, Austin Visual Arts Association Juried Show, Summer Show; Austin TX

2016 Retrospective, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2016 “Open Spaces”, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2016 “Crossroads”, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2015 Retrospective, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2015 WEST Austin Studio Tour, Austin Art Space; Austin, TX

2015 “Oasis”, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2015 “Hallelujah”, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2014 “Love”, Austin Art Space, Austin Visual Arts Association Juried Show, Austin, TX

2014 “Dia de los Muertos”, ArtSpace, Round Rock Arts Council Juried Show, Round Rock, TX

2014 “Gratitude”, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2014 Retrospective, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2013 “Psalms”, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2013 Austin Art Space, Austin Visual Arts Association Juried Fall Show; Austin, TX

2013 “Poetic Collections”, The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, TX

2005 Gelato’s Italian Ice Cream (now out of business); Austin, TX

2000 Northwest Austin Gym (now out of business); 2 large fitness murals; Austin, TX

1997 Texas Woman’s University, Voertman’s Juried Student Show; Denton, TX

Commissions

2018  Church of the Cross; A large scale painting done progressively from Ash Wednesday to Easter.  Now part of their permanent collection;  Austin, TX

Associations

2018 – Present, Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)

2013 – 2018, ArtPACT of Austin

2015 – 2018, Austin Visual Arts Association (AVAA)