Volcano Art Center Featured Artists

D’Avella, Matthew

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Matthew has been designing and building furniture for more than 30 years. His training is rooted in modern American and English design. Since moving to Kailua-Kona in 1994, he has been studying and creating both traditional and modern Asian and Hawaiian furniture designs with tremendous success. He has received top honors for “Best of Show” multiple times, plus numerous “Honorable Mention” awards at both Island-wide and State-wide juried woodworking shows.

Matthew is the past president of the “Hawai’i Wood Guild” and has this to say about his work: “The pieces of furniture that I create speak for themselves – they are not just works of art, they are beautiful expressions of the natural world around us.”