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.

Matt’s sculptures are currently featured in homes in Minnesota, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, and Finland. He also has five commissioned works on exhibit at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Terminal T, near Gate 6, in Delta Sky Club). Matt’s work has also been featured in articles in both the Sun Sailor Newspapers, as well as Lake Minnetonka Magazine.

Matt’s automaton sculptures are available for live viewing at Swag of Northfield, just South of Minneapolis, as well as by appointment.

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 (he’s in two book clubs), as well as run and bike. Matt has been married for over 21 years and is the proud father of two young daughters.