Matthew Mansanares is a pop artist working with ephemera, who blurs the lines between catchy iconography, slogans, and design. His work is dynamic & multidimensional, which carry influences from popular culture, mass-produced goods, poetry, mythology, and spirituality. Mostly known for his works on wood panels, his work expands into paintings, assemblage, collage, stenciling, screen printing, and found objects. Occasionally, his work can be seen on the streets in the form of stencils and stickers. Mansanares was born on an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas (1981). As a young kid, he dismissed his father’s encouragement to pursue art beyond the classrooms and covering his textbooks with drawings. Flash forward many years—a failed pursuit in architecture, one year in Afghanistan, a degree in Visual Communications, a move to Oakland, and here we are. In full pursuit. In 2015, Mansanares was awarded a Packaging Design award from GDUSA (Graphic Design USA). This is a reflection of his graphic design skills, which now play a larger role in his creative process.