Matthew Hoffman is a Midwestern born designer and artist located in Chicago. His work has been exhibited internationally for the last 10 years under a host of aliases and complicated pseudonyms. His recent solo exhibitions at Yes in Cincinnati, and Public Works in Chicago were of the first using his actual name. His work has been featured in various magazines such as Good, the New York Times Magazine, and ReadyMade. Hoffman has been published by the likes of Gestalten, Mark Batty, Droog, and Taschen to name a few.
Hoffman is an active communicator, instigating spirited imagination often via unconventional routes. Hoffman doesn’t simply excite for the sake of making a splash. He elicits a public discourse using every opportunity to facilitate a striking visual relationship with contemplative communication. While some of his acts may be mistakenly perceived as mere pranks—the provocative nature of his work, (regardless of method) is the unexpectedly positive and assuring messaging he consistently employs.
Hoffman believes he (like everyone) is a work in progress. He is a strong advocate of fighting against the paralyzing effect of the self editing process. He firmly believes in the act of doing, and vigorous effort needed for positive momentum. “Do the work, have the hope” is his current working philosophy. He openly invites dialogue and discussion as he publicly continues to develop his message, and hone his craft.