Matthias Contzen graduated from the European Academy of Fine Arts in Trier sculpture course in 1987. He subsequently completed an apprenticeship in sculpture in in Munich, studied design in Saarbruecken and in 1998 completed his studies at the Master School of Stone Sculpture in Mayen. In the same year he left Germany to live in Portugal where he works as a sculptor.
In 2002 he was awarded the prestigious 'Premio City Desk' prize for sculptors. He has staged several solo exhibitions and participated in many joint exhibitions, including 'Artemar' the International Sculpture Bienniale in Japan and various art fairs. His sculptures can be found in public places and have been commissioned by private collections all over the world.
"I would like to introduce my sculptures not as objects which be percieved first time by the observer, but as prompts for a dialogue. The observer should be given a mystery to solve; his curiosity and imagination will help lead him to a new, and sometimes completely subjective, meaning. That who gets involved in this dialogue, become part of the creative process, which begins only once the sculpture has been finished. The titles of the pieces, therefore, allude to only one of the many possible meanings. As far as I am concerned, it is vital that we have different points of view, if we are to achieve a better understanding of our world."