Matthew Wong (b. Toronto, 1984 – d. Edmonton, 2019) was a self-taught painter. Over his brief but brilliant career, the artist was celebrated for his bravura paintings which evoke diverse art historical references and artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Alex Katz and Peter Doig, among others. Wong was educated at The York School, Toronto, and received a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MFA in photography from the City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media. He found acclaim quickly after his works were included in group exhibitions in Hong Kong and China, and at Karma gallery in Amagansett, NY in 2016, in a show curated by Matthew Higgs. Along with his remarkable and rapid commercial success, Wong’s unique style has been lauded by prominent critics such as Roberta Smith of the The New York Times who called him “one of the most talented painters of his generation.”
Recent solo exhibitions include: ARCH Athens, Greece (2020); Karma, New York (2019); Massimo de Carlo, Hong Kong (2019); Karma, New York (2018); and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (2015). Select Group exhibitions include: Andrew Edlin, New York (2020); Château Shatto, Los Angeles (2019); Performance Ski, Aspen, Colorado (2018); Aishti Foundation, Beirut (2018); Office Baroque, Brussels (2017); Galerie Frank Elbaz, Dallas (2017); and Gallery 1969, New York (2016), among others.
Wong’s works are held in international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Esteé Lauder Collection, New York; and Aïshti Foundation, Beirut.
The AGO acquired its first work by the artist in 2020, a painting titled The Long Way Home, 2014–15. It was generously gifted by Monita and Raymond Wong in memory of their son.