Matthias Düwel was born in Berlin, Germany. He received his Meisterschüler (MFA) from the Universität der Künste Berlin in 1983. The following year he was awarded a German Academic Exchange travel fellowship, made artist in residence at NYU Deutsches Haus, and provided a post-graduate fellowship to the N.Y. Studio School. In 1985 he received a Pollock-Krasner grant award.
Over the years he has had numerous solo exhibitions and write-ups in NYC, LA, Berlin, and Paris. Among the galleries that have represented his work are Galerie Brusberg in Berlin, Galerie Bellier in Paris, Moeller Fine Art in NYC, Mirus Gallery in San Francisco, and Davis Dominguez in Tucson.
Today, Düwel lives and works in Arizona. In addition to a full-time visual art practice, he makes electronic music and teaches at a community college serving a diverse community.