Born in the late ‘40s in upstate New York’s Mohawk River Valley, Matusz is the son of a carpenter and working mother. A childhood knack for drawing combined with high school visits to Munson Williams Proctor Institute in Utica, New York, shaped Matusz’s early artistic development.

From drawing, Matusz progressed to painting and the study of space and structure on canvas. He then began experimenting with sculpture, and received formal welding training in 1969 in Schenectady, New York. Welding accelerated Matusz’s sculptural development and is now the main focus of his attention. Currently, he lives and works in northern Vermont.