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Santina Amato

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Birthplace
Melbourne, Australia

Lives in
New York, U.S.A

Website

Schools
Victorian College of the Arts, 2009, BFA, (Honours)

Tags
photography, performance, sculpture, video-art, installation

Statement

BIO
Melbourne born, Australian artist Santina Amato lives and works in New York, USA and is current Fellow at BRIC Media Arts House Fellowship Program, Brooklyn, supported by the American Australian Society’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. She received a BFA in Painting (2007, Honours, 2009) from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. Her practice combines performance, video, sculpture and site-specific contexts to explore the sensorial experience of femininity and the female identity within a surrealistic framework.

Amato is a recipient of many awards including the American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund (2014); NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists (2013); Australia Council for the Arts, ArtStart Initiative (2012); Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Early Career Grant (2012); Copyright Agency Limited, Travel Grant, Australia (2010) and Ian Potter Cultural Trust Fund, Travel Grant, Australia (2008) amongst many others.

She has participated in residency programs by Artspace Visual Arts Center, Sydney, Australia (2013); Blindside ARI, Melbourne, Australia (2013); Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia (2012); New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, New York, U.S.A (2012); Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, U.S.A (2010); Art Channel, Beijing, China (2008) and Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China (2008).

Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally within solo and group exhibitions such as The Governors Island Art Fair, New York, U.S.A (2014); The Brucennial, New York, U.S.A (2014); Detroit International Videonale, Kuntshalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MI, U.S.A (2013); New York Foundation for the Arts, NY, U.S.A (2013); Hatched, Northside Film Festival, New York, U.S.A (2012); Currents 2012, International New Media Arts Festival, Santa Fe, U.S.A (2012); The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne, Australia (2012); Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia (2008); Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (2008).

Santina Amato is represented by Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.

CV
EDUCATION
2009 First Class Honours, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
2005-2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
2003-2004 Diploma of Visual Arts, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES
2014
American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, New York, U.S.A
BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, New York, U.S.A
2013
New York Foundation for the Arts, Immigrant Artist Program, New York, U.S.A
Artspace Visual Arts Centre Residency, Sydney, Australia
Blindside Contemporary Art Space, Summer Studio Residency, Melbourne, Australia
2012
Finalist, Toyota Spirit Travel Award, Australia
Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Early Career Grant
Australia Council for the Arts, ArtStart Initiative
New York Artist Residency & Studio Foundation Residency, New York, U.S.A
Victoria University Summer Residency, Melbourne, Australia
2011
Finalist, Toyota Spirit Travel Award, Australia
2010
Kala Art Institute Residency, San Francisco, U.S.A
Honourable Mention Kala Art Institute Fellowship Program, U.S.A
Copyright Agency Limited Grant, Australia
Finalist, Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, Australia
2009
Finalist, The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition, Australia
2008
Platform China Contemporary Art Institute Residency, Beijing, China
Art Channel Residency, Beijing, China
Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, Melbourne, Australia
2007
Shelmerdine Award, Melbourne, Australia
Alliance Francaise Award, Melbourne, Australia
Finalist, Wallara Travelling Scholarship, Melbourne, Australia
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014
Erroneous Predisposition, Governors Island Art Fair, New York, U.S.A
2013
The Garden Of Instance, Linden Centre For Contemporary Art, Innovators 3 Program, Melbourne, Australia
2012
Blue Is Seasonally Desired, Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Cigarettes And Bees Knees, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne, Australia
Carousel Ballet, Platform Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia
2011
Horses Shed Their Tails Once A Year In The Fall, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia
2010
Untitled (Carousel), Kala Art Institute, San Francisco, U.S.A
2009
I Want To Swing On An Invisible Swing, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia
2008
Farina (Flour Not Flower), Artworkers Alliance, Brisbane, Australia
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014
American Australian Association, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Recipient Showcase
BRIC Media Arts House, Fellowship Screening Event
The Brucennial, New York, U.S.A
2013
Detroit International Videonale, Kuntshalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MI, U.S.A
Pangea, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, N.Y, U.S.A
BACKFLIP: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Gifted, The Bedroom Project, Brooklyn, N.Y, U.S.A
2012
Everywhere But Here, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne, Australia
PowerPlay, Hayground School, Hamptons, NY, U.S.A
Hatched; Northside Film Festival, New York, NY, U.S.A
CURRENTS 2012, Santa Fe International New Media Art Festival, Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A
Objects In Motion, NARS Gallery, New York, U.S.A
Not In Love, MARS Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011
Google Me This, The Library Artspace, Melbourne, Australia
2010
Toyota Community Spirit Gallery Emerging Artist, Melbourne, Australia
Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne, Australia
2009
Constellations, Metro Arts, Brisbane, Australia
VCA Graduation Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia
The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia
2008
Intrude 366, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
New Romance, Helen Gory Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Playheads, Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Debut IV, Blindside, Melbourne, Australia
What is (Australia Like)?, FABS, Warsaw, Poland
Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany. Sub Urban Lounge, Rotterdam
EVENTS
2014
The Secret Garden, NARS Foundation Benefit & Silent Auction, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A
2013
Open Studio, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia
Open Studio, Blindside Contemporary Artspace, Melbourne, Australia
2012
Open Studio, New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation, Brooklyn, N.Y, U.S.A
2009
dot, dot, dot. Hell Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2008
Open Studio, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China
INTERNSHIPS
2010
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, U.S.A
Redling Fine Art in conjunction with Liz Glynn PROJECT, Los Angeles, U.S.A
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
2014
Creative Times, Kara Walker, Domino Factory, New York, U.S.A
Moving Image Art Fair, New York, U.S.A
2011
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, U.S.A
Collective Show, Los Angeles, U.S.A
2010
Perform Now! Performance Festival, Los Angeles, U.S.A
Southern Exposure, San Francisco, U.S.A
2008 Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014 Eugenie Austin, Governors Island Art Fair Review
http://eugenie.com.au/governors-island-art-show/
Yana Evans Studio Visit, New York, U.S.A
http://kont-xt.net/post/94541302724/a-few-days-ago-i-visited-the-studio-of-santina
Q&A American Australian Association, New York, U.S.A
https://www.americanaustralian.org/djsf/santinaamato/
2013 Innovators 3, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Exhibition Catalogue
http://lindenarts.org/media/14987/linden_innovators3_2013.pdf
Blindside Summer Residency, exhibition catalogue written by Ace Wagstaff
2012 Blue Is Seasonally Desired, Exhibition Catalogue written by Marion Piper
Psychology Tomorrow, Curator Review by Radka Salcmannova, Issue 2, September 2012 http://www.psychologytomorrowmagazine.com/curators-review-2/
Interview with National Association for the Visual Arts, Australia
http://www.visualarts.net.au/navablogs/2012/08/who-got-the-opportunity-santina-amato
Currents 2012, Exhibition Catalogue, Santa Fe International New Media Art Festival
Interview with Mary-Charlotte on Santa Fe Radio Cafe,
http://www.santaferadiocafe.org/podcasts/?p=2662
Sub-12, Cigarettes And Bees Knees, Exhibition Catalogue, The Substation
2011 Horses Shed their Tails Once A Year In The Fall, Cat. Essay, Picture Skew
http://pictureskew.net/tag/santina-amato
Annual Indoor Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Exhibition Catalogue, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery
Interview with Tony Tardio on Rete-Italia radio, Melbourne, Australia, April & September
2010 Through The Looking Glass; Reflections Of The Modern World, Exhibition Catalogue, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/78642336/Reflections-of-the-Modern-World-%28PDF%29
2008 Playheads, Exhibition Catalogue, Alliance De Francaise Gallery
Review by Ace Wagstaff, Playheads, Dead Hare Melbourne Art Review, http://deadhareartreview.blogspot.com/2008/05/on-now-playheads-alliance-fracaise.html
Debut IV, Catalogue Essay written by Marion Piper
http://www.blindside.org.au/2008/debut-iv.shtml
2007 Do it (a project by Habs Ulrich Obrist), Exhibition Catalogue, Margaret Lawrence Gallery
Review by Jared Davis, Do It, Bridge Road Projects
http://bridgeroadprojects.blogspot.com

 

 

Recent Exhibits

Santina Amato participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2013 PANGEA
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
 
Sep, 2013 Galerie Project presents: Francis Harris, Oshana, Archie Pelago, Multiple Mono w/ a local artist showcase
LightSpace Studios
 
May, 2012 NARS FOUNDATION 5th Annual Open Studios
NARS Foundation
 
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