Lecturer of Interior Design
Philip Matzigkeit, a Southern California native, spent his formative years in rural Zimbabwe. His first museum exhibition was for the Rhodesia National Gallery in 1972. He earned his B.A. at the University of Washington and an M.A. in Environmental Design at San Diego State University. Emphasis has been on architectural collaborations and on teaching youth. Projects of a social service nature and dozens of murals with schoolchildren paved his pathway into public art. He received grants, commissions and a purchase award from the Seattle, King County and Washington State Arts Commission near their inceptions and was documented by the National Endowment for the Arts and World Book Encyclopedia as early as 1976. He has taught and conducted workshops and residencies at all levels. In California he apprenticed with internationally known artist/architect, James Hubbell and won competitive commissions for the Carmel Valley Library. “Rock of Aegis” a massive 450 ft concrete bas-relief on the retaining walls of the Penasquitos Pump Station, commissioned by the City of San Diego and Boyle Engineering and a second relief at the same location, “Coyote Talk” were highly successful collaborations with Mexican artist, Maestro Alvaro Blancarte and metals artist, Fe McQueen. Subsequent commissions included mosaic projects for RNT Architects in Oxnard and at the San Ysidro DMV. Currently, he is completing a commissioned mural on the 94 Freeway as a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He travels extensively and has recently initiated an orphanage/school project in South Africa with esteemed artist Esther Mahlangu and designed by SDSU students.