Matthew Owen Wead (b. 1984, Chicago, IL) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores social hierarchy through verbal and written language.  He received a BFA from Morehouse College (2006) and an MFA from University of Maryland (2009) with a focus on printmaking, sculpture and photography. His work is often constructed to be utilized as real objects and/or structures.

After taking some time off to pursue a path in graphic design, he began to focus once again on his studio practice in Chicago.  Merging his skill of digital technology, studio practice and interest of history and sociology – some major breakthroughs came forward in his practice during the year of 2016.

Matthew has participated in exhibitions at various institutional venues and his prints can be found in collections and museums throughout the United States. He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.