Having studied for three years at New York University in geology and anthropology, Matthia was invited to enroll at Thomas Aquinas College (California), receiving a full scholarship to study theology and philosophy. After graduation some additional graduate studies at Niagara University she returned to Thomas Aquinas to work as Assistant to the Dean. Later she joined a Foundation involved in religious and spiritual projects.
Shortly thereafter she worked as head of a lay community in California, and later while visiting Fatima she was recruited to a monastic community, pursuing a comprehensive monastic formation as well as artistic contribution to religious feasts and festivals. Within the community she learned German and Portuguese languages allowing opportunities to serve in Portugal, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, India and Brazil. In a number of these countries she was also involved in innovative programs, including formation and fundraising. With the completion of her mission in Brazil Matthia completed returned to North America.
Once Matthia reached Vancouver she pursued various projects which ultimately led to an invitation to visit Russia where "an unexpected encounter with some of the most beautiful and renowned of Russian icons in the Kremlin cathedrals in Moscow compelled Matthia to embark on a quest to understand the icon and its vivid mystical power."
And so began the WAY OF THE ICON.
Pursuing studies at the Prosopon School of Iconology, the Vancouver Academy of Art and at the Angel Art Academy in Florence, Italy, Matthia studied under the Russian master iconographer Vladislav Andrejev. Inspired by his teaching, Matthia assimilated his “liturgical method” into her own master’s degree research and concentration in Russian Byzantine iconography, completed at Regent College, an international graduate school of Christian studies in Vancouver.
In addition to her MA in Theological Studies (Regent College), Matthia earned a DMin. at the Vancouver School of Theology, where her work focused on the phenomenological approach to The Way of the Icon in the light of the Theological Anthropology of John Paul II.
Matthia’s own work has been exhibited in Canada, shown in Rome and Portugal, and is in private collections. She has designed graduate courses in Iconography, lecturing and leading workshops on the topics of art and spirituality.
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Inaugural Archdiocesan Womens Conference
Matthia Langone's artwork was featured at the conference held November 2013 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.