Matthew Bird is an American painter. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. He is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and his award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited in juried shows across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Greece, Hong Kong and Italy.

For 15 years he worked as a designer and art director in advertising agencies, specializing in non-profit fundraising.

As an illustrator, he has five children’s books published and his paintings have been used as greeting cards for The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation, among others.

Matthew maintains a studio outside Baltimore, with his wife and children.

Curriculum Vitae 

Matthew Bird
American Painter

Pratt Institute of Art, BFA

Portrait Society of America
National Watercolor Society, Signature Member, Board of Directors

American Watercolor Society
Transparent Watercolor Society of America

Baltimore Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Southern Watercolor Society
Philadelphia Watercolor Society
Guild of Realism

Exhibitions and Awards


First Place: The Artist's Magazine's All Media Competition (for NOLA Beetle)
8th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition

Transparent Watercolor Society of America, 41st National Exhibition
Watercolor USA 56th National Exhibition

Georgia Watercolor Society, XXXVIII National Exhibition
Louisiana Watercolor Society, 47th International Exhibition
     Awarded Second Place

Watercolor Art Society-Houston, 40th International Exhibition
West Virginia Watercolor Society
Missouri Watercolor Society 2017 International Exhibition
Illinois Watercolor Society 33rd National Exhibition
Society of Watercolor Artists International Exhibition
National Watercolor Society Member Exhibition
Texas Watercolor Society 68th National
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors
Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition

Muckenthaler Museum Figure Painting Exhibition
Fabriano Watercolor Invitational, Fabriano, Italy



National Watercolor Society 96th International Exhibition

12th International ARC Salon
     Finalist (Figurative and Landscape Categories)

Allied Artists of America 103rd Annual Exhibition
     Kent Day Coes Memorial Award

Watercolor West 48th International Exhibition
     National Watercolor Society Reciprocal Award
Watercolor Society, International Exhibition
     Awarded Second Place

American Artists Professional League 88th Grand National

1st International Watercolor Biennale Hong Kong

Biennial International Prize Fabriano Watercolour 2016

Fabriano Watercolor Invitational, Fabriano, Italy
     Invitational & Attended

IWS Canada 1st International Watercolor Biennale

3rd International Watercolor Biennial of Thessalonika, Greece

Georgia Watercolor Society

Louisiana Watercolor Society
     Awarded Honorable Mention

Southern Watercolor Society

Illinois Watercolor Society
     Awarded (Spirit of Bonnie Award)

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society

Philadelphia Watercolor Society
People's Choice Award

Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society


NWS - National Watercolor Society/China Exchange Exhibition

Fabriano Watercolor Invitational, Fabriano, Italy
     Invitational & Attended

Watercolor Salon of Thessalonika, Greece

BWS Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition
     People's Choice Award


National Watercolor Society 94th International Exhibition
     Winsor & Newton Award

International ARC Salon Finalist

BWS Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition