Andrew Matusik double majored in Fine Arts and Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. His art degree emphasized contemporary painting. Matusik set out on a journey of extensive global travel to view the world, and in doing was inspired to pick up a camera. He started his photography career in LA, first working as a photographer's assistant to renowned European photographer Neil Kirk.
Influenced by Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, Jerry Schatzberg, David Sims, and Richard Avedon, Matusik has shaped his talent to become one of the first and best compositing photographers. Many people may not know him as a compositor because a viewer may not realize that a photo is composited. Compositing takes Matusik’s travel photography of the past and blends it with the technology of the present to create images that move the medium’s aesthetic into its future. Matusik creates images that are impactful and dramatic with a bold influence of color and depth of field. He enjoys manipulating the environment to create fictional realities. It’s what he calls an equal negative positive relationship with space.
Matusik now resides in New York City and has shot advertising campaigns for Randolf Duke, MTV, Time Warner, Rimmel U, Related, MIMA, Matrix, Physician's Formula, and FOX television among others. He has been a producing editorial and celebrity content for magazines for over 10 years, including Italian Vogue, Shape, Vibe, Vixen, Harpers Bazaar Asia, GenLux, Entertainment Weekly, Lucire and Zink; published in the New York Times, Popular Photography and his unique style has been featured in both APERTURE magazine and After Capture. In total he has published over one hundred fashion stories for over 24 publications with 20 covers and 2 books. His runway work has also been published in over 54 worldwide publications including Cosmopolitan, Bazaar, Paris Match Vogue-Brazile, Italian Vogue, Style.com, Elle.com. In addition, Matusik has photographed over 50 celebrities including Ellen Page, Ashley Tisdale, Zachary Quinto, John Nobel, Nathan Fillion, Bree Lawson, EVE, RZA, Kelis, Terry O' Quinn, Elisabeth Mitchel, Milo Ventimiglai, Paris Hilton, Huge Dancy, Hilary Duff, Gal Gadot, Sarah Shahi, Denise Richards, and the Jersey Boys. (www.matusikphotography.com)
Matusik additionally founded and established one of the world's first premiere post production houses, Digital Retouch. He has been a forceful contributor to the industry's technical transition to digital as well as the cover transition from supermodels to celebrities. "Digital Retouch" has been utilized by over 75 publications including Italian, British, Russian, Greek, Spanish, and French Vogue, Elle, GQ, InStyle, and Interview. Digital Retouch has produced 74 covers, and retouched over 90 celebrities, including such "A" list staples such as Jennifer Lopez, Scarlet Johansson, Natalie Portman, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Ann Hathaway, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Garner, Justin Timberlake and much, much, more...
Andrew bought, designed and built a new Studio Loft in the Flatiron district, Manhattan. "The Loft at 333 Park Ave" transforms from a living space/production facility, a photo studio and then a Parisian salon/lounge to a banquette hall and art gallery with ease. Every inch is utilized and all elements are designed to maximize, transform, or function in three or four capacities. It is a white pallet, a canvas waiting to be painted, stories to be made and told.
Artistically or in life, Andrew is a man who looks for inspiration and strives to always better himself; "I live life with passion and purpose in every aspect. Andrew's goal is to live a balanced life, and to passionately take on life with purpose and gratitude, joy and humility, and to be a leader in his community.
EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERIES:
Damon Dash Gallery, Tribeca New York City : Pulchri'TUDE May 17, 2010
M2 Gallery, Eagle Rock -Los Angeles : Sir-Realist May 14th - June 30th, 2011
Tribeca Pop Up, Chelsea New York City : Sir-Realist August 4th, 2011
Oxy125 Art Exhibition March 22, 2012 -Los Angeles
Create:Fixate -Snap Flash April 28th, 2012 -Los Angeles
LUST -MKL POP Gallery, Los Angeles June7th, 2012