Meet the Artists of Washington County, New York

Open studios of washington county

Friday July 19 - sunday july 21, 2019

11am to 5pm Fri, 10am to 5pm Sat & Sun

Matt Chinian

Studio Location
138 W Main St, Cambridge, NY 12816

Note: Matt’s studio will be open at 12pm on Friday the 19th.

Artist Statement

Like a reporter I record the time and place of my wanderings around Upstate New York and New England. I find places and scenes of fascination: quiet woodlands or gas stations, farmlands or industrial sites, places I see in passing, sometimes from the corner of my eye often easily overlooked by others. This is where I find beauty. This is where I find the sublime.


Matt Chinian (b.1961) is a prolific landscape painter, his work is done all on site, with oil paint on canvas. Matt’s ability to capture light and color is remarkable, his paintings are completed before light conditions change and almost always less than 2 hours. He will wander about Upstate New York by car and find scenes; urban streets, farm lands, gas stations or rivers, composing his own brand of social realism “I want to create a commentary without judgement, about the place I live, what I see and what I focus my attention on.”

Matt earned a degree in painting and sculpture at Bennington College and then an M.F.A. in sculpture and drawing at SUNY Albany.. After his education, Matt spent 25 years earning a living as a carpenter in his adopted home of Cambridge, NY. He returned to painting, in 2010. “I could no longer just look at the landscape I lived in”, he is now working as an artist full time.

138 W Main St, Cambridge, NY 12816