Matthew Warren Lee is a Wisconsin born oil painter and draftsmen. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2014 and lives and works in Milwaukee. Much of Lee’s work is rooted in his experiences with large scientific devices as a member of the United States Antarctic Program where he worked in science support from 2008-2010. This included a 13 month stay at the Geographic South Pole for Antarctic winter where he learned field medicine and taught watercolor classes to scientists and support personnel. The landscapes produced since his involvement in Antarctica feature large telescopes, neutrino detectors, and other scientific mechanisms. In addition to being an international snow sculpting champion Lee is involved with the Carthage Institute of Paleontology for whom he excavates dinosaur bones in Montana's Hell Creek Formation. This has influenced Lee's still lifes which often feature the bones of prehistoric animals. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and includes shows in Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and New York. His paintings and arts writing have been published locally in Third Coast Digest and nationally in New American Paintings and Manifest.
In addition to running his studio Lee is a dedicated educator. Lee taught at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee from 2012-2014, Carthage College from 2014-2015, Alverno College from 2015-2016, and currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). Lee accepts students for private tuitoring in the field of oil painting, watercolor, drawing, and design. Interested parties can inquire in the "contact" section of the website.