Matthew Barney is an American artist, a painter, sculptor, photographer and a film artist; basically involved in all art fields and forms. He is known for his contemporary and middle-aged sculptors, along with his unique videos and captivating photographs. Described by The Guardian as “one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema” for his film series The Cremaster Cycle, which he created between 1994 and 2002. He has received many prestigious awards for his work, which include Hugo Boss Prize (1996), James D. Phelan Art Award in Video (2000), Glen Dimplex Artists Award (2001), Kaiser Ring Award (2007) and many others. With a huge popularity in the USA and Europe, his fame has spread far and wide around the world. One of the most successful and innovative man of his time, his net worth value of 45 million US dollars says it all about his fame and success.
Matt was born on the 25th of March, 1967 in San Francisco, California, United States of America as the younger of two sons born into a middle class family. His father was an administrator in catering service for Boise State University and his mother worked as an abstract painter. As a child, he moved to Idaho where he started his primary school and went through mid- school. Around this time, his parents got divorced and he followed his mother to New York where for the first time, he was introduced to art.
Having been a good football player, he applied at Yale University and besides medical studies, also joined art class. It was before he graduated that he got really into sketching and photography and also hosted a stage show for his artwork at the university. After graduation, he started working as a model, which was an easy job and paid him good. He utilized his free time creating different images and ideas in his mind, and used the money to finance himself and his initial works.
With rumors suggesting him to be sexually gay, there is no truth to the matter. Although he doesn’t has a long list of girlfriends, he has still been dating a couple of women off the radar which is not easy for someone as famous as him. He had affairs with a Mary Farley, but that was over within 10 years of their marriage. From 2002, he was with his second wife Björk Guðmundsdóttir, a singer and musician. The two of them got married in 2004 and lived together till 2013, after which they divorced. They have one daughter together Ísadóra Bjarkardóttir Barney, and no other kids.
With a height of 5 feet and 9 inches, Barney is not the most attractive person. But it is his talent and creativity that shines above the rest making him an important person in modern art. Despite a high search demand for his shirtless pictures, there seems to be none available in the media. In order to know more about his daily life, you can follow him closely in Instagram as well as Twitter. You can also read his biography in sites like Wikipedia and find out more about his life and work.