Meet Matty Mo, ‘The Most Famous Artist’ you’ve never heard of

Part performance artist, part businessman, Matty Mo, who goes by the moniker “The Most Famous Artist,” tries to effectively use social media to market his art and make his pieces go viral.
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Reporter: From pink houses to private jets, Matty Mo's art is an instagrammer's dream. Search for "The most famous artist" on Google. There among kahlo, Picasso and Warhol, you'll find this guy, A key takeaway is that the internet isn't real. Surprise. Reporter: The most famous artist you've never heard of. Who's the most famous artist? The most famous artist is an idea. Anyone that believes they're the most famous artist is the most famous artist. Reporter: That's not true. It is. Reporter: No. The whole idea is that you can be whatever you think you can be. And so one -- one day a few years ago, I decided I wanted to try to be the most famous artist and I became it. Rhow did you do it? Selfi -- selfie friendly murals and headline worthy Reporter: He's also perfected search engine optimization by giving himself "The most famous artist" moniker back in 2004. What kind of ego does one have to have call themselves the most famous artist? Ironically, I -- I'm trying to approach life with a lot less ego. He takes us behind the scenes in his studio to reveal that "The most famous artist" isn't just one person -- but is actually a kind of art collective. One of his collaborators is best known for creating the hollyweed sign, eventually charged for trespassing. He now how his own cannabis line. In an era where social media "Moments" dominate headlines, Matty Mo's proudly created hours. I'm gonna try and pin you down on this, though. Okay. Reporter: Do you think you're a good artist, a great artist, or are you just an artist of deception? Well, I don't quite know where this quote is from, but I say it all the time, which is -- a good artist is someone who uses the tools of their time to tell the stories of their time and contextualizes it in art past. And so in that context, I'm a great artist. I'm using the internet, which is the tool of our time, to tell the story of selfie culture. And I'm studying past artists to understand how my work fits in. Whether or not the art market is ready for that is a different question. Reporter: Part performance artist, part businessman, Matty Mo reacts to the changing cultural landscape around all of us. We followed him to the streets of Melrose, epicenter of instagrammable moments. We flew 24 hours almost to capture the famous pink wall. I'd estimate 100,000 people a year take photos in front of this pink wall. Reporter: But there's nothing special about it? It's a pink wall that people use to construct an identity on Instagram. So there's something special about it. People are bored with their normal lives. They're looking for satisfaction in the form of likes and co moments on Instagram. Reporter: He unabashedly capitalizes on a generation selfie-obsessed. At one point deciding if someone else's pink wall creates this much buzz, he'll turn a whole block pink. Hordes of people taking selfies descended upon it. And it became a major headline around the world. And that helped me become the most famous artist. Reporter: Do you see our obsessions with selfies and creating this facade, this -- this idealized life that we're living -- instead of being in the moment. Is that problem? It's not a problem like world hunger. It's silly. Reporter: And in a twist, he claims his work actually fights against the most damaging part of selfie culture, the fear of missing out. Fomo is brought about by an individual representing themselves at a time and place that is unattainable for others. And democratizing access to those types of experiences that individuals are using to create fomo is a fun mission. You seem like you're having a lot of fun. Well, I'm glad you can tell, too. Reporter: One of his more recent and participatory projects, making the private jet experience available to those of us who can't jump on our own plane to a private island. I'm using it as a platform. Part of maintaining most famous artist status means producing pop-culture art in the moment. The weekend that hulu and Netflix dropped their fire documentaries, I saw an opening which was a news cycle about this topic. And so we created an experience in a few days that was selfie friendly that rode the news cycle and crowds of people descended upon it. And why did they do so? Primarily because they're trying to tell a story that their life is interesting and that they were part of something. Reporter: This is Matty's world. His next collaboration, the world of fruit, which like the "Museum of ice cream", "Candytopia" and "The color factory" draws fans in for the sake of experiential photo opps. Not everyone is a fan of Matty Mo's approach to art. Art dealer Stefan simchowitz calls Matty Mo an interesting person who makes "Garbage art." He reflects its -- its -- its -- its tragic problems. The vapidity and venality of selfie culture, the fact that -- that the art just functions as a prop. So it's almost like drinking Orange juice that is -- is yellow and sweet, but isn't made from Oranges. It's just sugar and colored water made to taste with some preservatives like Orange juice. Reporter: It's devoid of any substance. It's devoid of any substance. And this is a fundamental problem in culture today. So Matty Mo, in a sense reflects in his practice the -- the -- the practices, the banality of culture as it exists today. The work is terrible. Reporter: The most famous artist doesn't fully disagree. The definition of an artist by the art world, is definitely not one I fit into. The art world wouldn't call me an artist because I didn't go to art school and I'm not represented by galleries, and I don't show at art fairs. I'm actually using the internet and the democratic effects of software, to distribute Reporter: And he knows the greatest distribution of his work takes place when we pick up our phones. This is the most analytical I think anyone has ever been about a selfie. We're selfie scientists. Reporter: Selfie scientists! Did you just make that up right now? I think so. The illusionist, holding up a mirror to ourselves in a time of changing identity.

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