EAF Director Domenico de Clario was born in Trieste, Italy, in 1947 and migrated to Australia with his family in 1956.
He studied Architecture and Town Planning at the University of Melbourne from 1966 to 1970 and was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship to study Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and lithography at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Urbino, Italy, during 1967- 68.
In 1974 he completed a Diploma of Art at the Preston Institute of Technology and in 1998 he was awarded an MA (Performance Studies) in the Faculty of Human Movement at Melbourne’s Victoria University.
In December 2001 he completed a PhD in the same Faculty. This PhD project focused on the translation of Italo Calvino’smaster novel ’Invisible Cities’ into a vast sound/performance work lasting 56 evenings and was awarded the University Medal for Best Postgraduate Thesis for 2001.
From 1973 until 1996 he variously taught painting, drawing, sculpture, performance and installation at RMIT in Melbourne (previously PIT).
In May 2001 he was appointed Head of the School of Contemporary Arts at Perth's Edith Cowan University as well as Associate Dean for Research and Development at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
In December 2005 he was appointed Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Monash University's Faculty of Art and Design.
In December 2008 he was appointed Director of Adelaide’s Experimental Art Foundation, Australia’s first contemporary art institution founded in 1974.
Since 1966 he has held more than 170 solo exhibitions of paintings, drawings, prints, installations and sound performances, and has been invited to exhibit in more than 140 group shows presented worldwide and in major Australian cities.
He has received numerous international/national residencies and grants including the Australia Council Fellowship (1996-8).
His paintings, drawings, prints and installations are included all major public and private collections in Australia, including the MOMA in New York, as well as in numerous private collections worldwide.
Domenico de Clario will be a guest speaker at the Artistspeak program, School of Architecture & Design, Friday October 23, 1-2pm, HH4-08, City West Campus off Hindley Street.
→ domenico de clario interview, video by Jess Wallace, click to watch
→ download full CV
→ Robert Nelson, "Learned, but with a light touch," The AGE, 7 Oct 2009, a review of the 2009 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award (NGV, Fed Square, Melbourne)