Michael Staniak


The Artist

Michael Staniak (Melbourne, 1982) earned a BFA and an MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne as well as a BA from Middle Tennessee State University in Digital Media Communications.
Staniak creates the paintings mostly by hand—he builds up texture with uneven layers of plaster and then paints the surface in a range of ways—his paintings bear an uncanny resemblance to flat digital prints. Indeed, one must view the works up close to perceive any texture or depth, and as such, they behave like contemporary trompe l'oeil paintings that baffle the senses. Some paintings do however utilize digital methods of output and in so doing create a dialogue between the two modes of production. His works explore a new aesthetic in painting, one which is influenced by digital technologies, including touch pads, smart phones, personal computing and the Internet.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Annarumma Gallery, Naples; Station Gallery, Melbourne; and Steve Turner, Los Angeles. His work has been included in group shows at the Moving Museum's Istanbul project, the Centro Cultural Sao Paulo and Kunsthalle Vienna. The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis published a monograph of his work in 2017 titled IMG_, and he has been featured in many publications including Artforum, Flashart Italy, Vault Australia and Leap Beijing. In 2018, he will be undergoing a residency at Fogo Island Arts, Canada.

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