"I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams"

ARTIST STATEMENT

Detroit is the city that I call home,where I was born and grew up. As a child I would hear stories about how appalling Detroit was; that the once magnificent city lay in ruins. My creative vision is to document the growing city and show that Detroit is more than just a city of abandoned buildings and decay, and is truly a city of life and grandeur.  Detroit has shaped and inspired every aspect of my life, and I share that through my photographs. This is my home through my eyes. Through my lens I convey my endearment for my community and the wonders that I encounter along the way. The most important qualities of my photographs are their honesty and the emotional response they incite. My philosophy is that a photograph is more than just a picture, but is a moment caught in time;that the image itself is a living breathing entity. Through my photography I find the calm and beauty within a chaotic urban atmosphere, waiting patiently for hours in all types of weather to capture that one perfect moment; without patience, that moment can easily be missed. Seizing the moment when color,light and motion come together is my commitment to excellence in my craft. I show that Detroit might not be perfect and is slightly rough around the edges,but never lost its identity: its people. People of Detroit believe in their city and are proud of where they are from.

With that identity, I was inspired to create my artist organization called The MATI Group. For the last decade I have curated art exhibitions comprised of unknown and emerging artists from throughout the city in an effort to create a unified artistic community. Artists are the cornerstone of a growing city; through art I hope to continue to bring people back to Detroit; to show that Detroit is full of culture, an ideal place to spend time with family and friends; that Detroit should no longer be feared but embraced, and its growth welcomed.

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Awards

1/2018 - International Prize Leonardo Da Vinci recipient in Florence, Italy.

12/2017 - GM Ren Cen Photo Contest Winner

12/2017 - World Tourism Day 2017 Greek Photo Competition Winner.

4/2017 - Woodward Camera March "Wide Angle" Photo Contest Winner.

11/2016 - Woodward Camera October "Shadows & Fog"Photo Contest Winner.

10/2015 - Pure Michigan Moments Photo Contest Winner.

5/2015 - Bedrock Street Art Piano Installation Winner.

3/2012 - Detroit Free Press: Detroit Self Portrait Winner.


Achievements

12/11/2017 - Featured interview with photocredit in Detroit Mercy's News Paper "Forever Titans"

11/2017 - Finalist for the GM Ren Cen Photo Contest.

11/2017 - Photography used for promotional material for University of Detroit Mercy’s Theater department for the show "A Bright Room Called Day"

10/2017 - Photo featured in the Belle Isle Conservancy newsletter "The Voice"

10/1/2017 - On permanent display; Two story tall mural created for the Tangent Gallery in Detroit.

7/2017 - Photograph published in Athens Voice Magazine based out of Athens Greece.

6/25/2017 - Guest on the Echo Network program "You're all Set"

6/2017 - Photograph featured in "LoosenArt Magazine" based out of Rome, Italy.

3/13/2017 - Photograph featured by the Belle Isle Conservatory 

3/13/2017 - Photograph featured on The Bounce 105.1FM

3/2/2017 - Featured interview in Wayne State University News Paper "The South End"

3/2017 - Photography used for promotional material for University of Detroit Mercy’s Theater department for the show "Avenue Q"

3/2017 - Photos and video featured on "Antenna Television Network" based out of Athens Greece

2/2017 - Photography used for promotional material for University of Detroit Mercy’s Theater department for the show "Bus Stop"

1/23/2017 - Photograph featured on WDET 101.9FM

12/7/2016 - Return guest on the “Gooder Guys Show,” PodcastDetroit

11/22/2016 - Photograph featured in Curbed Detroit

11/16/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Metro Times

11/3/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Free Press

11/2016 - Photo credit in the book "Contradictions in the Design" by Matthew Olzmann

11/2016 - Photography used for promotional material for University of Detroit Mercy’s Theatre department for the show "100 Saints You Should Know"

9/23/2016 - CBS Detroit "Seen in Detroit" featured artist

9/20/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Metro Times

9/19/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Free Press

9/19/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit News

9/2016 - Photography used for promotional material for University of Detroit Mercy’s Theater department for the show "Alabama Story"

8/17/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit News

8/2016 - Finalist in the Detroit News 10th Annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest

8/2016 - Design was chosen for the Arts, Beats & Eats “Meters Made Beautiful” public art installation

6/2016 - CBS Detroit "Seen in Detroit" featured artist

5/18/2016 - Return guest on the “Gooder Guys Show,” PodcastDetroit

4/26/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit News

4/2016 – Artwork featured in Hour Detroit Magazine

4/2016 - Official Photographer for the Greek Independence Day Parade

4/2016 - Photos and video featured on "Antenna Television Network" based out of Athens Greece

3/9/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Free Press

3/2016 - Photography used for promotional material for University of Detroit Mercy’s Theatre department for the show "Low Hanging Fruit"

3/2016 – Photograph published and featured in the Official PureMichigan Travel Guide Spring/Summer 2016 issue

3/2016 - CBS Detroit “Seen in Detroit” Featured Artist

2/2016 – Photograph featured on WDIV Channel 4 and Click on Detroit website

12/2015 - Photography used for promotional material for University of Detroit Mercy's Theatre department for the show "It's a Wonderful Life"

11/2015 - Photograph featured on Santorini TV based out of Santorini Greece

11/2015 - Guest on the “Gooder Guys Show,” Podcast Detroit

10/2015 - Photograph featured in promotional materials by the Paris Tourism Board, Paris, France

8/2015 - CBS Detroit "Seen in Detroit" featured artist

1/2015 - Photos are permanently on display at the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale

 4/2014 - ANTI- Magazine cover photo

The MATI Group Exhibitions

Summer/2018 - “The MATI Group Presents: At The Rectory 3: The Summer Art and Beer Garden at the St. Albertus Historic Site, Detroit MI

4/2018 - The MATI Group: Group Exhibition at the Marlene Boll Gallery;   YMCA, Detroit Mi

3/24/2018 - The MATI Group Presents: Detroit Artist Ball II at the Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

11/25/2017 - The MATI Group Presents: Tipsy Tinsel: An Art Battle - The Variety Show Edition at the Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

10/1/2017 - The MATI Group Presents: Tangent Joe Vs The Man at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

7/1/2017 – “The MATI Group Presents: At The Rectory 2: The Summer Art and Beer Garden at the St. Albertus Historic Site, Detroit MI

3/4/2017 – “The MATI Group Presents: Detroit Artist Ball” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

12/8/2016 – “The MATI Group Presents: Detroit Stands with Standing Rock” Fundraiser for the Water Protector Legal Collective at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

6/4/2016 – “The MATI Group Presents: The Summer Art and Beer Garden at the Rectory” at the St. Albertus Historic Site, Detroit MI

11/28/2015 – “The MATI Group Presents: Tipsy Tinsel” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

7/26/2015 – “The MATI Group presents: 7th Annual-ish Art Battle”at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

6/5/2015 – “The MATI Group Presents: At the Rectory: An Art Show”at the St. Albertus Historic Site, Detroit MI

8/10/2014 – “The Mati Group Presents: Art Battle Reborn” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI   

2010 – “The MATI Group Presents: Springs Eternal: Art Battle” at the Russell Industrial Center, Detroit MI

2009 – “The MATI Group Presents: May-Day, May-Day” at the Emerald Theatre, Mt. Clemens MI

2009 – “The MATI Group Presents: End of Days: An Art Battle” at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI

2008 – “The MATI Group Presents: The 2nd Pythian Games” at the Score Lounge, Detroit MI

2007 – “The MATI Group Presents: The Summer Show” at the Exodus,Detroit MI

2007 – “The MATI Group Presents: The Pythian Games” at the Cadieux Café, Detroit MI

2006 – “The MATI Group Presents: Festival of Dionysus II” at the Exodus, Detroit MI

2006 – “The MATI Group Presents: Festival of Dionysus I” at the Exodus, Detroit MI

Other Exhibitions

Spring/2018 "Smoke City" Exhibition. Rome, Italy.

8/25/2017 - Nina & the Buffalo Riders EP Release Party and Art Show at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

6/21-31/2017 - "Street Experience Exhibition" by LoosenArt Magazine at the Millepiani Exhibition Space. Rome, Italy - Juried by LoosenArt 

6/10/2017 - "Burned Rubber -A/Pop Runway Show" at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

5/24-7/8/2017 - "Club Blooms, Bugs, Beast Exhibition" at the Scarab Club, Detroit MI - Juried by Matthew Hanna

4/28/2017 - "Rooting for the Children" Fundraiser for Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

4/25/2017 - "Fly Away VII" A fundraiser for the The Bird Center of Washtenaw County at the Matthaei's Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI

4/7/2017 – “Postcards From Home Project” Art community project supported by “START – Create Cultural Change,” a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, Berlin,Germany

4/1/2017 – “When Visions Collide 4” at the Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

12/21/2016 – “Postcards From Home Project” Art community project supported by “START – Create Cultural Change,” a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, Berlin,Germany

12/15/2016 - 2/10/2017 “Contemporary Venice2016: It’s LIQUID International Art Show” at the Palazzo Flangini, Venice, Italy - Juried by Luca Curci

10/6/2016 – “Sex and the Pitties” Fundraiser for Bark Nation at the Detroit City Distillery, Detroit MI

10/1/2016 – “Detroit Biennale” at the Museum of New Art (MONA) Troy, MI - Juried by NYC Art Critic Jerry Saltz

8/2016 - Photo on display at the Grand Hotel,Mackinac Island MI

7/2016 - Featured Artist at the Posterity Gallery, Grosse Pointe MI

7/2016 - Photography on display at the Catfe Lounge in Ferndale to help raise money for the Ferndale Cat Shelter, Ferndale MI

5/1/2016 - Photo on display at the White Rhino Bar, Redford MI

4/22/2016 – “Rooting for the Children” Fundraiser for Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

4/2/2016 - Photo on permanent display at the Hellenic Museum of Michigan, Detroit MI

4/1/2016 – “Out For Art” at the Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit MI - Juried by Derek Gauci

3/2016 - 6/2016 - Photography on display at Socra Tea, Detroit MI

8/30/2015 – “Detroit Artist Bazaar” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

4/11/2015 – “When Visions Collide 2” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

2/2014 – “The Dirty Show 15” at the Russell Industrial Center, Detroit MI - Juried by Jerry Vile

2011 – “Forestival Detroit Art Show” at the Imagination Station, Detroit MI

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