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Matthew Barnes, a renaissance artist known for his eclectic taste in multi medium art had an interest in animation and art from a very early age. Rooted in a long-standing family hobby and interest in comic books; his local annual attendance at the Hero’s Comic Convention, Charlotte, NC became the cornerstone for his passion of art and animation. He leveraged every opportunity to work with various comic illustrators and instructors which solidified his desire to become an artist. He developed a diversified background in art, theatre, music and classic movies that continue to be an inspiration for his current work. His interest in jazz and classic music credit him as a musician where he recently contributed to an independent documentary film; release, Spring, 2012 on the unsung hero James Booker, New Orleans, LA. Currently a senior at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, B. A. 2012; he will attend the European School of Visual Arts, Portiers and Angouleme, France, Fall semester 2011; expanding his international studies in the likes of art history and sculpture.