Matthew Schaefer remembers being an artist from the first; he felt there was never a choice for him. Schaefer's parents were committed to the arts as a worthy application of their son’s energy and intense enthusiasm. His art took precedence over the usual venues of life in the 1950’s. He attended Silverman College of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut where he studied the rudiments of art history, drawing, painting and design.
He has painted prolifically throughout the years, while his work developed from a darker beginning to the highly colored Fauvist expressionist style. More recently, his paintings have become more abstracted and graffiti-like, and have developed into the more minimal style of his work today.