Matia works on the clay version of "Summer Knight".
and painter Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts,
where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Much of his training
was attained during a long apprenticeship in the Exhibits Department
of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. After leaving the Cleveland
Museum, Matia worked for eleven years with the Nature Conservancy
as the vice president in charge of land management.
Matia began casting his sculpture in 1980. Initially, he concentrated
on bird life, but has now expanded to work on sporting dogs and
other mammals. He has also completed a series of larger fountain
and garden pieces. In 1989, the Blair House Restoration Committee
placed one of his fountains in the formal garden of the United States
President's Guest House. To complement the fountain, Matia produced
a bronze wall frieze for the Blair House in 1992.
Matia’s major outdoor commissions include the Wichita Kansas
Botanical Gardens; the Benson Park Sculpture Gardens in Loveland,
Colorado; the American University in Washington, DC; and the Deerwood
Office Park in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1988, Matia was commissioned
to produce the Merrill Lynch Bull for their corporate regional offices.
In 2001, he was commissioned to sculpt the “Spirit of the
Bull” monument for the NFL Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium,
which includes six 1 1/2 times lifesize Spanish Fighting bulls.