Originally from France, Matthieu Cheminée moved to Mexico at the age of 19, where he fell in love with Native American art - especially Hopi, Zuni and Navajo jewellery . He studied with native silversmiths for six years. Later, while living in Mali, West Africa, he worked with Touareg and Bambara jewelers for two years, exchanging techniques and ideas. Matthieu perfected his skills through a more classical training in Canada. Today he returns often to Africa while teaching in Montreal.