Matthew James Collins

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Matthew James Collins

ARC Associate Living Master TM

29 artworks


Born 1970

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Jesus Carrying the Cross

oil on linen

200 x 180 x 4 cms | 78 1/2 x 70 3/4 x 1 1/2 ins


Allegory: Persephone

oil on linen

100 x 60 x 3 cms | 39 1/4 x 23 1/2 x 1 ins


Song of the South

oil on linen

35 x 20 x 3 cms | 13 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 1 ins



oil on linen

180 x 110 x 3 cms | 70 3/4 x 43 1/4 x 1 ins



oil on linen

95 x 82 x 3 cms | 37 1/4 x 32 1/4 x 1 ins


The Reluctant Immigrant

oil on linen

80 x 60 x 3 cms | 31 1/4 x 23 1/2 x 1 ins


The Consolation of Philosophy

oil on linen

80 x 60 x 3 cms | 31 1/4 x 23 1/2 x 1 ins



oil on linen

160 x 90 x 3 cms | 62 3/4 x 35 1/4 x 1 ins


oil on linen

70 x 50 x 3 cms | 27 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 1 ins


The Silent Troubadour

oil on linen

100 x 80 x 3 cms | 39 1/4 x 31 1/4 x 1 ins

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Matthew James Collins was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1970. Nurtured in an artistic family, his enthusiasm for art was encouraged from the earliest age. By his early teens, his study of drawing had already begun under the tutelage of his father, James Edward Collins, an award-winning architect.

For over 20 years, Matthew has been living in Italy studying and researching the classical techniques painting and sculpture.  He shares his acquired knowledge through his teaching studio in Florence, Italy.

An artist of unusually wide breadth, his oil paintings, frescos and sculptures reveal a rigorous study of the masterworks of the past and a deep observation of nature.  Not limited to a single genre his oeuvre includes portraiture, landscape, decoration and figurative subjects.

Matthew divides his time between Italy and Chicago. He exhibits internationally and his works are represented in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the MEAM in Barcelona, Spain. The quality of Matthew's work has been recognized by numerous artistic associations including: Modportrait 2016(Spain), Arte Laguna Prize 2017(Venice, Italy), the Portrait Society of America, and the National Sculpture Society. He was recently selected to become an Elected Sculptor Member of the National Sculpture Society.  



Finalist in Animals as Subject Category, Portrait Society of America's Member's Only Competition


Honorable Mention ModPortrait 2016, Spain

Finalist Premio Arte Laguna, Arsenale, Venice, Italy


Juror Selection at the Saint Vincent Gallery 6th Nationwide Catholic Art Competition.


3rd Honorable Mention in the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition. Best Overall Oil award December, 2015/January, 2016 bimonthly PleinAir Salon competition.


1st Place at the Oak Park Art League’s Artist Member Show.
1st Honorable Mention and 9th Merit Award the the Portrait Society of America’s 2015 Member’s Only Competition, Sculpture and Commission portrait respectively.
Finalist in the Figurative Category at the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon
Honorable Mention at the Oak Park Art League’s Member’s Only Competition


Finalist in Sculpture at the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon


Award of Exceptional Merit in the Portrait Society of America’s International Competition
2nd place at the Oak Park Art League’s 2nd National Carriage House Exhibition
2nd place at the 4th National Juried Catholic Art Competition and Exhibition, St. Vincent’s College
Honorable Mention in the Self Portrait category for the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition
Finalist in Sculpture in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon
Finalist in the Mythological category in the American Society of Traditional Artist’s Annual show


Merit award for Non-commissioned Portrait in the Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition
Bedi-Makky prize, National Sculpture Society’s 78th Annual Awards Exhibition


First place for sculpture Utrecht Art 2nd Annual Art Competition


First place for sculpture in the Portrait Society of America’s Members’ showcase


Honorable Mention in the Portrait Society of America’s Members’ showcase


Michael LaConte Gallery, Chicago, USA

Galleria Cipriani, Florence, Italy

Versatile Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

01 September 2019 to 19 June 2020

Full Time Atelier Program

Via S. Gallo 129r, Firenze

1100 EUR

The full time program offers a complete artistic training for the figurative artist.  The typical duration is from 2 to 3 years.  Initially students are introduced to the sight size method to develop observations skills while actively engaging in concepts including: contour, proportion and mechanics of light.  The first year begins with drawing from plaster casts and live models.  By the end of the first year students are introduced to painting in oil.

An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged.  Specific curriculum is designed on a personal basis addressing the personal needs and goals of the student.  The opportunity to deepen an understanding of the auxiliary subjects important to a well rounded artistic education is available and encouraged.   Anatomy, composition, 3-dimensional modeling are organically incorporated into course of study.  Collins actively works alongside the students following closely their development and demonstrating the methods being taught.

Regular museum visits and cultural excursions familiarize the students with the rich artistic heritage that makes Florence the ideal environment for the study of figurative art.

Part time study opportunities available.  Please contact for more information.  

Classes are held Monday thru Friday from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

The course fee is a monthly rate of 1,100 euros.  

Maximum enrollment is 4 students.


16 March 2020 to 20 March 2020

The Portrait in Watercolor With Mario Robinson

Via S. Gallo 129r, Firenze, 50129

850 EUR

he Portrait in Watercolor  will focus on painting the live model, who will maintain the same pose for the duration of the workshop. Students will execute a detailed drawing of the model and will learn how to employ a monochromatic block-in to properly identify the alums of the subject. The class will culminate with a full application of color, using thin glazes of color. The objective of the workshop is to demonstrate how a methodical approach increases the depth and sense of realism in watercolor paintings. The instructor will demonstrate each day and provide personal instruction throughout the day.   This masterclass will have the maximum enrollment of 4 students to ensure quality and in depth critiques.  

About the Instructor:
Mario Andres Robinson was born in Altus, Oklahoma, where he resided with his family before relocating to New Jersey at the age of twelve. His artistic gift was discovered by a fifth grade teacher and a creative explosion was sparked in the pre-teen. Robinson studied at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.


Early in his development, Mario began looking to the great masters for inspiration and technical insight. An avid student of realism, he studied the elemental principles of painting by exploring the work and technique of Old Masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas. However, it was the work of 19th and 20th century American artists that provided Robinson with the strongest stylistic foundation, helping him forge and define his own artistic sensibility.

The work of Mario Andres Robinson fits squarely within the tradition of American painting. Robinson’s finished works bear a close affinity to the masters of the realist tradition, Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. Containing few references to modern life, Robinson’s work has a timeless and universal quality, and exhibits a distinct turn-of-the-century stylistic aesthetic. The images he chooses, which refer to a bygone era where solitude and reflection were abundant, also provoke frequent allusions to the paintings of Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper.


Beginning in 1994, Robinson’s work began to extensively incorporate rural subjects primarily located in the state of Alabama. Each subject is very personal for the artist in both selection and execution. As the work progresses, his relationship with the sitter develops and a uniquely personal story begins to evolve. Robinson frequently depicts subjects framed within the context of their daily lives. The underlying narrative counters sentimentality and serves as the underpinning for his figurative images.