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, then served as Vice President of Land Management for The Nature Conservancy.
A regular participant in the National Sculpture Society, the Society of Animal Artists, Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and the Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West, Matia is a National Sculpture Society Fellow, a Society of Animal Artists Master Signature Member, and a Birds in Art Master Wildlife Artist at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Matia has received numerous awards including the Prix de West James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award and Major General & Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award; the National Sculpture Society Gold and Bronze Medal Awards and C. Percival Dietsch Award; the National Museum of Wildlife Art “Red” Smith Award; the Masters of the American West James R. Parks Trustees’ Purchase Award and Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award; and the Phoenix Museum West Select Silver Award.
Matia resides in Dickerson, Maryland, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.