Born in Schio, Italy, Matteo Sandona was a painter well known for his impasto style portraits of society. Sandona was raised in the Alps but in his teenage years moved with his family to New Jersey. Just two years later he returned to Europe to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona for four years, and then in Paris under Napoleon Nami and Moses Bianci. He then returned to the United States and attended the National Academy of Design. In 1901, Sandona moved with his father to San Francisco, where he co-founded the California Society of Artists. Two years later he made his first trip to Hawaii, where he painted the elite. He would make many similar trips in the following years. The Honolulu Academy of Arts, The Oakland Museum of California, and the Springville Art Museum are among the public collections holding Matteo Sandona's works.