City: San Francisco
Passion: Visual / Performance Artist, Impermanence Fundamentalist
Seattle-born artist Jonathan Matas grew up painting and creates beautiful murals that can be seen on public walls, galleries and even trains.
In January 2011, he was invited to make his mark at Facebook’s headquarters, where until recently he was an artist-in-residence. During his time there he discovered a playful new canvas and famously adorned Mark Zuckerberg’s laptop with one of his eye-catching designs.
Despite discovering his passion at an early age, Jonathan’s path hasn’t been without obstacles. He seriously considered turning his back on art to become a therapist a few years ago after battling a severe bout of depression.
But after taking a step back, he slowly and organically fell back in love with painting and has been blessing the Bay Area with his captivating artwork ever since.
A devoted meditation practitioner, he incorporates traditional Buddhist mind-training techniques into all of his creations.