MATT HUYNH

ABOUT

Matt Huynh is a visual artist and storyteller based in New York City. His bold brush and ink paintings are informed by poetic Eastern sumi-e ink traditions and popular contemporary Western comic books. His animation, paintings & comics interrogate war, diaspora, refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities. Huynh's work has been exhibited by the MoMA, The Smithsonian, The Sydney Opera House, Brooklyn Museum & New York Historical Society.

 
NYC / 2017

NYC / 2017

Matt Huynh is a visual artist and storyteller based in New York City. His bold brush and ink paintings are informed by poetic Eastern sumi-e ink traditions and popular contemporary Western comic books. His animation, paintings & comics interrogate war, diaspora, refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities. Huynh's work has been exhibited by the MoMA, The Smithsonian, The Sydney Opera House, Brooklyn Museum & New York Historical Society.

 

Honors —

World Illustration Award 2016, Editorial Professional, Winner
United Nations Media Peace Awards, Special Commendation
Finalist, Best Interactive, Create Awards, Desktop Magazine
Gold Medal for Art Website, W3 Awards
Site of the Day, Awwwards
Site of the Day, FWA Awards
Finalist Site of the Year, Adobe Cutting Edge Award
Finalist, Future of Storytelling Prize
Nominated, Australian of The Year
Ambassador, New Beginnings Refugee Arts & Culture Festival
Best Set and Costume Design Nomination, Green Room Awards
Comic & Cartoon Art Annual - Short Form & Special Format, MoCCA
9+1 Ways of Being Political, The Museum of Modern Art, NY
Top 10 Visual Artists, QANTAS SOYA shortlist
Design: NSW Travelling Scholarship, Arts NSW, British Council
Winner, Cut & Paste Digital Design Competition

Clients —

The New York Times
Esquire
Buzzfeed
Rolling Stone
The Village Voice
Macmillan Publishing
Popular Mechanics
GQ
Men's Health
Women's Health
The New Republic
LA Magazine
Phish
Tiger Beer
Australian Red Cross
StoryCorps

 

Adobe Systems Inc
SONY
Toshiba
Fisher & Paykel
Slack
Aritzia
Clemenger BBDO
DDB
BTTB
Droga5
Tool of NA
Republic Studios
Cummins & Partners
Brand New School
Arnold Furnace
Bloomberg Businessweek

 

 
PRAISE FOR ‘MAGPIE, MAGPIE’

“Huynh is an explorative storyteller — always looking for new ways to engage the reader and tell his stories ... It’s a treatment often used for reading superhero comics on a digital device but Huynh’s work becomes all the more urgent and ethereal on a computer monitor.”
— Evil Tender
“Matt’s latest work is an interesting, soulful exploration of expressive mark-making using bamboo and sumi. His comics are intimate and quiet, marked with moments of explosion. The last half of the book—a wild series of Muybridge-style gestures of magpies in flight— is worth admission alone.”
— PAUL POPE (Battling Boy, Batman Year 100)
“This eerie and desperate ghost story drips, spurts and dances from Matt Huynh’s brush. Powerful storytelling in brilliant black and white.”
— JAMES VICTORE (Victore, or Who Died and Made You Boss?)
“Moody, evocative and powerfully drawn - another universe of ink”
— MOLLY CRABAPPLE (Drawing Blood)
“I am typically more of a fan of print than webcomics but I have never seen anything in this format before and was captivated through the entire reading experience. Magpie, Magpie is such a disturbingly beautiful piece of work. I loved it. I am gonna read it again right now.”
— FAREL DALRYMPLE (The Wrenchies, Pop Gun War)
PRAISE FOR ‘HARRI, AND SOME CHANGE’

“5/5 - It’s a pure comic book and artistic experience that I’ve found is rarer and rarer in the comic medium, making this a breath of fresh air. It’s a pure comic book and artistic experience that I’ve found is rarer and rarer in the comic medium, making this a breath of fresh air.”
— Comic Bastards
PRAISE FOR ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANYWAY’

“...Realism breathed into the characters and situations by the integrity of image and word - fleeting black and white impressions of an unquestionably real world. As with Huynh’s other work, there is a perfect combination of style and substance... His sensitive portrayal of the intricacies of personal relationships and daily life have produced a fine, moving and substantial book.”
— Ink Spot, The Australian Cartoonists Association Journal
“His words flow like only the best of poetry can; expressive and sensitive without feeling pretentious. The art is cinematic yet maintains a dreamlike quality, making it feel equal parts fantasy and reality. It’s all very touching, really. Huynh’s work here is not only inspirational, it’s one of those rare books that could very well change the way you view life.”
— Comic Book Galaxy