Colin Matthes makes work about engineering the absurd, which allows him to address economic and environmental crisis from a funny, critical, and perversely industrious point of view. His practice includes painting, drawing, installation, zine and graphic production, and public art projects.

Matthes has exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Antwerp, Dublin, Houston, Seville, Ljubljana, Melbourne, and Berlin. Recent solo-exhibitions include Colin Matthes: Instructional and Flood Resistant Work at Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis, MN and Green Mini Demo Derby, a solar powered remote control car demolition derby at INOVA, Milwaukee, WI. 

 He has participated in numerous residencies including Hotel Pupik (Austria), Werkkamp (Belgium), and Cow House Studios (Ireland). He won the Mary L Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2102 (Established) and 2007 (Emerging). In addition, Matthes works collectively with Justseeds, a network of twenty-six artists living in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that runs a print collective, contributes graphics to social movements, and co-publishes books.