Born in 1979, Matt Canales grew up in the prosperous city of Thousand Oaks, California,
on the south east border of Ventura county. Native to and living most of his life in Southern
California, Matt has a passionate interest in the cultural and social variety that the complex
school of life has to offer. The son of Salvadorian immigrants and California natives,
Matt's interests range from history and philosophy to mathematics, sciences, and arts.
He enjoys his fast paced employ as a banker in Bakersfield, CA.
Matt's penchant for drawing, painting, and visual design have kept him involved with
the perfection of his craft. He has made many beautiful cities, from San Jose to Los
Angeles, home. While living in the breathtaking, coastal oasis of Santa Barbara during 2001,
his life was enlightened (and probably endangered several times) by one of Photogenetik's
founders, Jesse "The Chainsaw" Dudan.
His artistic influences range from M.C. Escher and Pablo Picasso, to comic books and cartoons.
His preferred mediums include charcoal, graphite, and paint, with some experimentation in
computer generated imagery and animation. Always seeking new means of expression, his free
time is currently being spent developing a graphic novel and golfing. And although a perfunctory
college degree focused on studio arts has not eluded him, he still enjoys taking Spanish class at
Bakersfield City College with his girlfriend, Deb. He believes that diversity of perspective is
essential to living life to the fullest.