Matt Bodett was born in Idaho and lived there most of his early life. He attended Boise State University where he graduated with both his BFA and MFA. After receiving his masters degree he stayed at Boise State as an adjunct instructor in the Printmaking department. He also began teaching as an adjunct for the College of Western Idaho and the College of Idaho. Seeking to make his studio practice more full time Matt moved to Chicago in 2013 and began exhibiting widely.
Matt's greatest education, however, came when he was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder in 2005. This diagnosis dramatically altered his life and raised questions that seemed unanswerable. It was in the depths of this illness that Matt discovered the complex relationship of art and healing. He began to use a visual vocabulary to express the changing world he was experiencing. This world continues to change and expand, offering new insights to language, healing, introspection, and identity. Matt now utilizes his efforts as an advocate for the mentally ill and to offer a point of strength to begin a much needed dialogue. Aside from teaching for Loyola University Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University, and his studio practice, Matt volunteers with mentally ill patients and serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Therapy through the Arts.