Matthew Phinn was born in Yorkshire and studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds and the University of California. He went on to spend six years as an artist in residence in Japan and Bermuda. He has exhibited in major venues such as The Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, where he has received the Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award, the Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award and the Neil Meacher RI Award.
In 2019 he was elected as a senior member of the Japanese Watercolour Society, with which he exhibits annually.
Matthew now divides his time between London, Yorkshire and Hiroshima, Japan.