DJONK FOUNDER — MATT SWENSON

Matt’s artistic style wasn’t developed in a traditional manner. He let his wide-ranging interests and keen observation lead him where it may—he has been drawn to study drafting, architecture, stained glass, photography, graphic design, drawing, and sculpture, but earned no formal degrees. Matt’s love of re-envisioning and connecting seemingly unconnected ideas led him to reimagine cast-off junk, American collectibles and oddities into robot forms that spark thought and smiles. He credits much of this unique vision to his StrengthsFinder talents of Strategic, Learner, Deliberative, and Individualization, as well as his father, an eternal saver of stuff and eclectic artist in his own right.

In addition to his sculpture art, Matt also does digital illustration, photography, and mixed-media murals.

Matt’s sculptures are currently featured in homes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, California, Washington D.C., Finland, and Switzerland. He has commissioned works on exhibit at the Atlanta and Raleigh International Airports (in the International Delta Sky Clubs). Matt’s upcycled-automotons (and his mobil art gallery the Minnesota Art Truck) have also been featured in articles in the Sun Sailor, Northfield, and Owatonna Newspapers, as well as Lake Minnetonka Magazine.

Matt lives in Minneapolis, where he was born and raised. However, he has also called Wisconsin and Colorado home at different points in his life. When Matt’s not dreaming of new junk assembly ideas, he loves to read, as well as run and bike. Matt has been married for 23 years and is the proud father of two young daughters.

While it’s not the end-all-be-all, Matt is proud to have had his art featured in curated exhibitions, as well as accepted into juried art shows.

  • Minnetonka Center for the Arts Spring 2018 Juried Member Show.
  • Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2018 Ridgedale shopping center exhibit.
  • Hopkins Center for the Arts Fall 2018 Juried Member Show (Received “Merit” award for “Rosie”).
  • Owatonna Arts Center Winter 2018/2019 “Healing Arts” exhibit at Allina Owatonna Hospital.
  • Golden Valley Arts Winter 2019 exhibit.