PROF Patricia Piccinini

PROF Patricia Piccinini


  • Visual arts (Installation)
  • Visual arts (Sculpture, drawing)
  • Visual arts (Video art, new media)



  • Patricia Piccinini has been called "one of Australia's most acclaimed contemporary artists". She was born in Sierra Leone and lives and works in Melbourne. Her work encompasses sculpture, photography, video and drawing and her practice examines the increasingly nebulous boundary between the artificial and the natural as it appears in contemporary culture and ideas. Her surreal drawings, hybrid animals and vehicular creatures question the way that contemporary technology and culture changes our understanding of what it means to be human and wonders at our relationships with – and responsibilities towards – that which we create. While ethics are central, her approach is ambiguous and questioning rather than moralistic and didactic. In 2003 her exhibition 'We Are Family' represented Australia at the 50th Venice Biennale before touring to the Hara Museum, Tokyo. Recent solo museum exhibitions include 'ComCiência' at CCBB Brazil, 'Relativity' at the Galway International Art Festival, 'Hold Me Close To Your Heart' at Arter Space For Art, Istanbul, 'Once Upon a Time' at AGSA, as well as numerous solo and group shows and Biennials in Europe, UK, USA, South America, Asia and Australia. Notable groups exhibitions include 'The Universe and Art' at Mori Art Museum Tokyo, 'Global Feminisms' at the Brooklyn Museum and 'Face Up' at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. In 2013 she was commissioned by the Centenary of Canberra to create The Skywhale.    


Member of

  • Board of Museum of Contemporary Art. Museum of Contemporary Art Board Member 2018 - 2021




Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2016
  • BA, Victorian College of the Arts 1992
  • BA, University of Sydney 1989

Awards and honors

  • The Dublin Prize, University of Melbourne, 2017
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Melbourne Art Foundation, 2014
  • ISCP New York Residency, Australia Council for the Arts, 2006
  • International Cultural Exchange Program, Art Victoria, 2002
  • New Media Arts Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts, 2000
  • Arts Development Grant, Arts Victoria, 1999
  • Tokyo Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts, 1998
  • International Cultural Exchange Program, Arts Victoria, 1997
  • Project Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts, 1997
  • Project Grant, Arts Victoria, 1996
  • Christopher James Blyth Memorial Award, Victorian College of the Arts, 1991
  • Theodore Urbach Award, Victorian College of the Arts, 1990
  • Victorian College of the Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, 1989