Matthew Ritchie was born in London, England in 1964. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Camberwall School of Art in London and later attended Boston University.
Ritchie is interested in exploring the idea of information and how it passes from one person to the next through the study of science, architecture, history and cultural anthropology. Although often described as a painter, Ritchie creates works on paper, prints, light-box drawings, floor-to-wall installations, freestanding sculpture, web sites, and short stories that tie his sprawling works together into a narrative structure. Drawing plays a central role in his work. He scans his drawings into the computer so that the images can be blown up, taken apart, made smaller or three-dimensional, re-shaped, transformed into digital games, or given to someone else to execute. Ritchie is fascinated by ideas surrounding creation myths, games of chance, particle theory and other religious, philosophical, and scientific dilemmas, which result in complex, meta-narrative works that trap the viewer in a web of infinite and puzzling meaning.
Ritchie’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and other numerous institutions worldwide. Ritchie lives and works in New York City.