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Matt Elson

Pioneering Artist

Matt Elson was born in San Francisco and raised in Modesto, California.  He attended Pratt Institute in New York City and graduated with BFA in Painting.  He completed a Master’s Degree in Communications at the New York Institute of Technology.  Matt became a pioneering computer graphics artist with Symbolics Inc, a company that evolved out of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab.  

After stints with Magnet Interactive Studios, DreamWorks Animations and Walt Disney Feature Animations, working on films like Shrek and the Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons;  Matt discovered Burning Man and began attending the main event in 2007.  The Burning Man community as been central in his artistic efforts since that time.

The Infinity Boxes have been displayed on the playa at Burning Man annually and with increasing intensity since 2012.  The Infinity Ship, a life-sized version of the boxes, was commissioned in 2018 by Area15 in Las Vegas for a five-year residence.  Matt also designed and hand built the lanterns that illuminated The Temple of Direction at Burning Man 2019.

You can experience Matt’s Infinity Boxes at the Science Museum (London), Hopscotch in San Antonio, TX and at Area15 in Las Vegas.  He is currently one of the featured artists for “boundless Space” a collaboration between Burning Man and Sotheby’s Auction House and gallery sales are through Exposures International Gallery of Sedona Arizona.