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 then served as the Vice President of The Nature Conservancy for Land Management. He is a regular participant in the National Sculpture Society; Society of Animal Artists; Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; and the Masters of the American West. He has received the National Sculpture Society Gold and Bronze Medal Awards and C. Percival Dietsch Award; Prix de West James Earle Fraser Award and Major General & Mrs. Don D. Pitman Award; National Museum of Wildlife Art “Red” Smith Award; 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 is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, a Master Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and Master Wildlife Artist of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Birds in Art.
He resides in Dickerson, Maryland with his wife, two children, and two dogs.