VINCENT FANTAUZZO
Born in England in 1977, Fantauzzo came to Australia as a child and has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) and a Master of Fine Art from RMIT University, Melbourne. Using a medium of oil on canvas, Vincent paints figures in the pictorial space and often draws upon techniques used in other art mediums such as photography and film to create narratives. Through the use of contrasting elements of light and dark, shadows and colours, he creates depth in his images and heightens the realism and theatrical effect. His painting of Heath Ledger before he died has become a iconic symbol of the actor.

Born in 1977 in the UK. Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

 

EDUCATION

Graduated from RMIT (Melbourne) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
Masters of Fine Arts at RMIT University

Vincent often paints figures in the pictorial space and draws upon techniques used in other mediums such as photography and film to create a narrative. Through the use of contrasting elements of light and dark, shadows and colours, he creates depth in his images and heightens the realism and theatrical effect.

In 2008 Vincent’s entry into the Archibald Portrait Prize of the late Heath Ledger won him the runner-up and the People’s Choice award. In 2009 his entry of the child actor Brandon Walters in Baz Luhrmann’s epic ‘Australia’ again won him the People’s Choice award.

Recently Vincent has been recognised as artist of the year in the GQ man of the year awards for 2008 and was voted as one of the Melbourne’s top 100 most influential people of 2009 by the Age.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010
Dusk Gallery, Mumbai, India
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

2009
Inner Conflict, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
An exhibition of art works, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam
Artist Residency, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

2008
30 portraits in 30 days, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Melbourne Art Fair, Melboume, Australia
Scrutiny, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2007
Dusk Gallery, Mumbai, India
Nature of Fate, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2006
Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2005
Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin, Melbourne, Australia
First Site Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010
Hong Kong International Art Fair – ART HK 2010

2009
Los Angeles International Art Fair – ART LA 2009
Hong Kong International Art Fair – ART HK 2009
Archibald Prize, NSW Art Gallery, Australia
EMSLA Still life Art Prize, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Australia

2008
Archibald Prize, NSW Art Gallery, Australia

2007
Williamstown Art Prize, Melbourne
Poimena Art Award, Tasmania, Australia
Prometheus Art Prize, Queensland, Australia
Kodak Salon Photograpy Award, CCP, Melbourne, Australia
Artist for Kids Culture, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2006
Melbourne GPO, Melbourne, Australia
Bega Valley Regional Gallery, National Portrait Award, New South Wales, Australia

2005
Domain House, Melbourne, Australia
Group exhibition, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Gold Coast City Gallery, Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Queensland, Australia
Whyalla Art Prize, Whyalla, South Australia
RMIT Masters Graduate Show, RMIT Latrobe St, Melbourne, Australia

2004
Next Wave Festival, S pacement Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Arts Fair, Melbourne, Australia

2003
Siemens Touring Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia