Born in Hamburg in 1940, he first learned the craft of Farblithografen. From 1961 to 1966 he studied at the College of Design and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, to then work as an independent graphic designer. 1969 Matthies lecturered at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences of Design. This is followed by countless workshops, exhibitions and visiting professorships throughout the world. 1994 appointment as professor of visual communication at the University of Arts in Berlin.
As a poster artist Holger Matthies has an international reputation. He won numerous awards, including the 1976 Gold Medal of the German Poster Museum, 1980 and 1990, the Gold Medal of the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, in 1981 the Edwin-Scharff-Prize of the City of Hamburg, 1984, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Silver Medal and 1990 in gold, 1993 Merrit Award from the Art Directors Club New York in 2002 and the Silver Medal of the Hong Kong International Poster Triennial.
Driven by his passion for his posters he campaigns for theater and opera performances, art and museum exhibitions, music and Kabarettvernstaltungen. Social and political posters complement his portfolio.
The biggest driving force in search of unused image idea is the brainchild of resistance against the populist photos consumption culture. “Posters should be like folding knives - jump up, dissect and get under your skin.” Holger Matthies
The poster designer Holger Matthies accumulated for years pigs. There are now more than 400 specimens of this curious Sausologie. In museums and theaters he has let out the sow. People came in Hogfather in order to study the luck pig to Pistensau from Schweinepriester to the Prussian swine the ubiquity of the genus.
"The knife flashes, the pigs shrine,You have to use content,Because everyone thinks: What the pig, If we do not guzzle it?"