June 22 - 24, 2018 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM
Sunday 11AM - 5PM

Matthew Naftzger

Pittsburgh, PA Medium:Metalworks Booth:LN33 Artist Website Email Matthew Naftzger

Born in 1972 in Ohio, Matthew grew up primarily in the plains of Colorado. After studying engineering and fine art at Colorado State University, he left to fully pursue art and fine craft, becoming primarily self-taught.

Matthew became an artist full time in 2001, showing work at high end arts/crafts festivals around the country.

His work has moved away from traditional materials and aesthetics, becoming both more industrial and aged. Titanium is the predominant material, involving machining and TIG welding alongside traditional metalsmithing methods. Precious metals and stones, occasional found objects, and other alternate materials complete the work. Primitive mechanics and a sense of lost history drive the functionality and aesthetics.

Matthew relocated to the Northside of Pittsburgh in 2013, after many other country-wide moves. Luckily, his wife Brianna Martray came with him.