Painter Terry Matassoni completed a Diploma of Fine Art in 1980 and a postgraduate diploma in art in 1982 at the Victorian College of the Arts, and later a Master of Fine Art at Deakin University in 2001. He has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Fremantle, Italy and Auckland, New Zealand, and in group shows in Toronto, Denmark, Berlin and Chicago. In 1992 he painted a tram for the Victorian Ministry of the Arts and was artist in residence at St John Baptiste College in New York in 1993. He has lectured at the institute of Koorie Education in Melbourne since 2000. In 2003 a retrospective of his work was held at the Deakin University Stonington Stables. Matassoni was awarded the Sir Russell Drysdale Memorial Prize for Drawing in 1981 and the Broadford Prize in 1987. In 2012 he had a major curated exhibition spanning 23 years of work at The Maroondah Art Gallery. His work is held by the National Gallery of Victoria, VIC Heide Museum of Modern Art, VIC, The Museum of New Zealand , the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Artbank, Sydney; the Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, and several regional and university galleries.