Matthew Perceval was born in Melbourne in 1945.
He left Australia in 1962 for Europe to pursue a career in Art.
Lived and worked in London 1965-1967, the South of France 1967-1978 and Paris 1978-1981.
During this time he undertook numerous painting trips throughout Europe and North Africa.
In 1981 he returned to Australia and settled with his family in Newcastle.