Internationally recognised artist Patricia Piccinini was born in Sierra Leone and lives 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 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.
In 2003, Piccinini represented Australia at the 50th Venice Biennale with a hyperrealist sculpture of her distinctive anthropomorphic animals. In 2016 The Art Newspaper named Piccinini the most popular contemporary artist in the world after a show in Rio de Janeiro attracted over 444,000 visitors. A major show, A Miracle Constantly Repeated, exhibited from winter 2021 to winter 2022 above Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station as part of Victoria’s new state arts festival, RISING.
Patricia Piccinini is creating a permanent artwork for the new Parkville Station.