Matthew Perdoni first realized his artistic abilities in a rather unorthodox way – in church, drawing Ninja Turtles on the back of donation envelopes. He was eight years old at the time, and a friend complimented his cartoon drawings. “And that was it,” Matthew shared. “After that I really started to own my drawing ability.” Today, Matthew shares his talents with the 92024 community as a professional artist.
Matthew’s journey to full-time artist was preceded by a career in football. He studied art and played football at the University of New Hampshire. “It was tricky straddling that fence, I didn’t really fit into either world,” he acknowledged. Matthew went on to graduate, earned a graduate degree in art education, and then began coaching and playing football in Parma, Italy for five years. “That experience allowed me the opportunity to see a lot of art, both classic and contemporary,” he said. “It got me excited about drawing and painting again. Since retiring and returning stateside, I have for the first time been able to put 100-percent energy into my art.”
Name: Matthew Renso Perdoni
Profession: Illustrator and Muralist
Hobbies & Interests: Art, surfing, skating, trains, and the beach
Favorite Local Spots: D Street Beach and the Potato Shack
Matthew’s preferred mediums span the spectrum, from watercolors and acrylics to linoleum block prints. “I dig it all,” he said. “I’ll get hot on a subject or technique for a while, I’ll make a ton of block prints or paint in a certain way a certain subject, then circle back when that energy runs out.” His diverse interests ensure he never gets bored or stuck in his art. “I can always find something to stimulate me and get me excited again,” he said.
The greatest reward of creating and sharing art is the creative process for Matthew. “Taking an idea in your head. Chewing on it. Sketching it out. Shaping it,” he explained. “And then executing it. I then love sharing that process with folks. Letting them in on it,” he said. “That’s how I feel when another creator shares their process with me. Be it building a stone wall or shaping a surfboard. I love learning about the creative process.”
Since moving to 92024 three years ago, Matthew has been sharing, learning, and inspiring throughout the community. Many of his murals can be seen around downtown San Diego, and he looks forward to getting more involved in the local art scene.