Matthew Deibert was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Living close to the beaches, Matthew spent many days playing in the sand. As a child Matthew showed an interest for the arts. Sand was a medium readily available and affordable. Sandcastles, large decorative walls, tunnels and motes were some of his favorites.
Through the school years he returned to the beaches, abandoning sand as an art form, but to serve the public along the beach as a lifeguard. It was the birth of his first son Ian and their early trips to the beach that sparked a new relationship enjoying the sand. This enjoyment transformed into a passion after studying the Art of sand sculpture and discovering the history of sand sculpture and its connection with Atlantic City.
At present Matthew holds a BA from Mercyhurst College with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He is an Atlantic City Firefighter since 1992, promoted to Captain in February 2004 and is married with six children.
He has been competing and working with sand professionally since 1999.
During his free time he can usually be found with family and friends on the New Jersey Shore. He also enjoys playing golf…one place where he tries to stay out of the sand.
Matthew has worked with other sculptors, some of the large events are: Beach Fest Atlantic City, Super Bowl Tampa Fl., Bloomberg Manhattan, NY, Sun Fun Fest Myrtle Beach, SC, Grand Opening South Carolina Aquarium, Summer Fest Winter Haven, Fl., World Record Attempt Wildwood, NJ, The White House Commission on Remembrance “ Sands of Remembrance” 60th Anniversary D-Day, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. Matthew has competed in solo and team events.
Some of his honors were: 3rd Place team-Expo Cite Quebec 2000, 1st Place team-Expo Cite Quebec 2001, 2nd Place solo Old Orchard Beach, ME 2001, Peoples Choice World Championship-Solo Harrison BC Canada 2001, 3rd Place Solo North American Championship Virginia Beach VA 2001, 3rd Place solo-Expo Cite Quebec 2002, and 1st Place-Team World Championship Harrison BC Canada 2002, 1st Place team North American Championship Virginia Beach VA 2003.
He was also featured on the show “Sand Blasters” viewed on the travel channel and most recently he took first prize in the “Sand Wars” competition filmed in Florida. Matt can be contacted at email@example.com