born in 1955 in the town of Jõhvi, graduated from the Tallinn Pedagogical Institute in 1978.
Since 1979 he is working at the Jõhvi Art School.
Mati Rautso is member of The Estonian Artists' Association (EAA) since 1994. 
Mati Rautso has been showing her works at exhibitions since 1981. He had solo exhibitions in Ida-Virumaa county, in Tartu and in Tallinn, as well as in Eckernförde (Germany) and in Uddevalla (Sweden). His paintings have been displayed at many group exhibitions in Estonia and abroad: in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Germany.