Alice Matzkin

Alice Matzkin

Born November 18, 1939 into a family of artists and writers, my gift for painting was passed on to me. I have received no formal education in art. As long as I can remember, painting and drawing have been my love.

After a 22 year hiatus from painting while raising our son and daughter, I returned with passion to my paints and canvas. We moved to the country where we share a peaceful and loving life and a beautiful studio. It is from this inspiring place that Richard and I created the dual award winning book, THE ART OF AGING: Celebrating the Authentic Self. Shocked by our aging bodies, we both explored our fear and curiosity about growing older through my paintings, Richard's sculptures, the wisdom of elders, and the written word.

In 2017 the Thomas Fire raged through our valley and sadly burned the storage building that housed most of my paintings and drawings. I feel sadness about the loss, but gratitude for the blissful experience of creating them and meeting such amazing people who allowed me to paint their image. Fortunately, our house and most of our land was miraculously spared.

Photo of Alice by: Brian Berman

Portrait of potter Beatrice Wood at 100 years old.
Beatrice Wood at 100

Portrait of Betty Friedan
Betty Friedan

Portrait of Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton

Alice and Hillary Clinton, with Alice's portrait of Chelsea Clinton
Hillary Clinton Painting Presentation

CONGRESSIONAL CLUB, WASHINGTON, D.C. - 1997 - Alice was commissioned to paint a portrait of Chelsea Clinton, which was presented to Mrs. Clinton at a charity luncheon, and hung in the   private   quarters of the White House during the Clinton administration, and now resides in their bedroom.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION - THE STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE - July 2006 indefinite, portrait of Betty Friedan hanging in this permanent exhibition.

INTERNATIONAL GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, AMERICAN WOMEN - 2002 The painting of Beatrice Wood at 100 is among 70 paintings of famous women from Pochantas to Jacqueline Kennedy. This exhibition travelled for one year to Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina - Naples Museum of Art, Naples Florida - George Bush Presidential Library - College Station Texas.

OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - May 2001 - featured a discussion by Alice talking about getting older with acceptance and grace. There is focus upon the collection of paintings and interviews from the 'WOMEN OF AGE, Portraits in Wisdom, Beauty & Strength" exhibit. This appeared in the "Remembering Your Spirit" segment of the show. Watch the video.

MARQUIS WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN ART - Selected for this biographical hardcover directory of noteworthy individuals in the visual arts community in the United States. They are the preeminent publisher of biographical information since 1899.

Selected as one of 10 "Beautiful Minds" in national campaign that celebrates individuals 55 and older who are keeping their minds beautiful.

Independent Publisher Book Award - (Bronze IPPY) - Nautilus Award (Silver Medal)

BOOK - THE ART OF AGING: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self Art/Inspirational book Published June 2009, Sentient Publications. Artwork and written material by Alice and Richard Matzkin.

MS MAGAZINE - October/November 2000 - The full collection of paintings from NAKED TRUTH were featured.

OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS Member since 1994. (now inactive)

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Banner photo by: Fred Zeller / Smaller photo of Alice and Richard by: Donna Granata, Focus on the Masters, Series 2009