Michael Staniak - CV + Bio

Michael Staniak (born 1982, Melbourne) earned a BFA and an MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne as well as a BA from Middle Tennessee State University. He has had solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015); Annarumma Gallery, Naples (2015); and Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2014; 2015; 2016 & 2017). His work has been included in group shows at the Moving Museum’s Istanbul project (2014) and Kunsthalle Vienna (2014, 2015). The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis published a monograph a monograph of his work earlier this year titled IMG_.

Born 1982, Melbourne
Lives and works in Melbourne


Master of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication (Digital Media), Middle Tennessee State University

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions 

True Nature,
Achenbach Hagemeier, Dusseldorf
Contemporary Istambul, Istambul (with Eduardo Secci)
Fictions #2, Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence

From Memory, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

Anytime Anywhere, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

New Surface, NKN, Melbourne
Solid State, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
IMG_, Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis
Permanent Display, Annarumma Gallery, Naples

Art Rio (with Rafaël Rozendaal & Steve Turner, Los Angeles)
Data Loss, NKN Gallery, Melbourne
Slow Pictures, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
Internet Blueprints, Art Brussels (with Steve Turner, Los Angeles)
Image DNA, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

STANDARD OUTPUT, Block Projects, Melbourne
INSTAPAINT, Paradise Hills, Melbourne

Square of Heroes, Artereal Gallery, Sydney

History Suspended, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Liquid Crystal Baroque, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

Vis-à-Vis, Pearl Lam Gallery, Hong Kong
Double Vision, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

Homeostase, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Summer Sun, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn
Nothing You Have To Understand, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
Art Brussels (with Steve Turner)
Extracting/Abstracting, Steve Turner

Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
CODE Art Fair (with Steve Turner), Copenhagen
Seattle Art Fair (with Steve Turner)
Antiques Roadshow, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
Dallas Art Fair (with Steve Turner)

I Was Once Lonelyness, Blain|Southern, Berlin
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
EXPO Chicago (with Steve Turner)
Extraction, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Hunted Projects: Work on Paper, Gastatelier Leo XIII, Tilburg, Netherlands (Curated by Steven Cox)
The Future of Memory, Kunsthalle Vienna
Space Program, Steve Turner, Los Angeles 

Untitled, (with Steve Turner), Miami Beach
Moving Museum, Istanbul
ARTBO (with Steve Turner, Los Angeles) Bogotá
Blue Times, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Go With the Flow, The Hole, New York
Side Project, Academy of Design Australia, Melbourne
Bien Ou Bien?, Moncheri, Brussels
The Salon is a Living Room, Fanny, Berta, Vienna
Zona Maco (with Steve Turner, Los Angeles), Mexico City

Merge Visible, Horton Gallery, New York
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner, Los Angeles)
The Wrong: New Digital Art Biennale, São Paulo (curator)
Sydney Contemporary 13 Art Fair, with Artereal Gallery, Sydney
#Pseudoreal, Charles Bank Gallery, New York
Summer Hang, Charles Bank Gallery, New York
Paint 13, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
Everything At Once, Paradise Hills, Melbourne

POLAR Edition 1, Polarspace.org (online)
Primal Mutation, Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin
Not Fair Art Fair, Melbourne
VCA MFA Graduation Exhibition, Margeret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

Awards and Grants

2013 Australia Council Artstart Grant
2010 Australian Post-Graduate Award
2009 Stirling Group Award, Melbourne
2008 Acacia Award, Melbourne


Jassan, Alejandro. “Michael_Staniak.jpg”, Elle Mexico, September
Jeffrey Uslip, Alex Bacon, Dave Walsh. Michael Staniak: IMG_, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Monograph
Ernesto Esposito. Face to Face, Salerno, Exhibition Catalogue
Michael Staniak Interview, MTV RE:DEFINE, April 6

Tracey Emin, John Baldessari, Ryan McGinley, Sarah Nicole Prickett and Simon Castets. FEELINGS: SOFT ART
Moore, TV. Free Soloing on the New Surface – A quick chat with TV Moore, October
Jennifer, Noémie. “Look Closely: It’s a Painting, Not an Inkjet Print,” Vice, August 20
Bacon, Alex. “Artist Profile: Michael Staniak,” Rhizome, August 5
Openshaw, Jonathan. “Postdigital Artisans,” p. 132
Cox, Steven. “Interview with Michael Staniak,” Hunted Projects, May 4
Tsui, Denise. “New Currents: Material World,” Art Asia Pacific, Issue 92, March / April

“SFAQ Pick: Untitled Miami Beach,” SFAQ.us, December 1
“Steve Turner Contemporary Artists Included in Best Art Exhibitions This Month,” Complex, August 6
Pangburn, DJ. “We Went To The UK’s First Major Digital Art Auction,” The Creators Project (VICE), July 7
Forrest, Nicholas. “Australian Artist Michael Staniak Tops Phillips’ Paddles ON! Auction,”  BLOUIN ARTINFO, July 7
Nguyen, Yasmin. “10 Questions: Michael Staniak.” Vault Magazine, Issue 6, April

Forrest, Nicholas. “Australia’s Paradise Hills at ‘The Wrong’ Digital Art Biennale,” Art F City, November 19
Staniak, Michael. Standard Output, Block Projects, Melbourne, August 24
Gordon, Michelle and Parker Ito. Instapaint, Paradise Hills, Melbourne, May