Matos was born in the city of Barahona, Dominican Republic, and became attracted to drawing at the age of four. As a young man, he moved to Santo Domingo to live with his aunt. At age 20, he joined the Art School at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and received a scholarship to attend the Altos del Chavón School of Art and Design, where he graduated with honors. Matos has participated in cultural exchange art programs with the National School of Plastic Arts at Universidad Autónoma de Mexico in Mexico City. He has taken part in biennales and has won many painting competitions.