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Matt Ortiz

Artist and Partner – Wooden Wave

North Shore, Oʻahu

A good mural is vibrant and colorful, but a great mural moves you. It draws you into its world, makes you think, and makes you dream. Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, Matt Ortiz and his wife, Roxy, are an art duo who collaborate under the name Wooden Wave. Romantic and adventurous with a hand-drawn aesthetic, their famous treehouse murals present a whimsical take on the notion of a sustainably integrated community, islands unto themselves. These nostalgic murals, found on walls all around O‘ahu, also incorporate the ocean—a sanctuary and space of wonder near and dear to Matt. With murals in California, Nevada, and Washington, DC., Wooden Wave also specializes in illustration and design, having created logos and apparel images for a variety of clients, including a capsule collection of shoe designs for OluKai.