Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Upon graduation he worked in the Exhibits Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and later The Nature Conservancy, a national non-profit organization. He started his art studio, Curlew Castings in 1984.
His works have been exhibited in one man shows across the country. He is a regular participant in Society of Animal Artists, National Sculpture Society, Coors Western Art, Master of the American West, Plantation Wildlife Festival and Prix de West Invitational.
Walter’s sculptures have been selected for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, “Birds in Art” Exhibition and toured with various shows to museums both in the states and abroad. Selected collections and commissions include the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY; National Racing Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs, NY; Thomas Gilcrease Art Museum, Tulsa, OK; Wichita Botanical Gardens, Wichita, KS; Blair House, Guest House of the U.S. President, Washington, DC; and Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX.