Walter Matia attended Williams College in Massachusetts where he earned degrees in biology and art design. He worked in the exhibits department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and served as Vice President of The Nature Conservancy for Land Management. Matia is a regular participant in the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibitions, Birds in Art Exhibition, Prix de West, Coors Western Art Show, and Masters of the American West. He is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a Master Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists. He resides in Dickerson, Maryland, with his wife and two children.