Monica Levy

Sydney, Australia.


This new body of work reflects a period of personal transition and social concern strongly influenced by the awareness of large populations of displaced souls.
As the Australian born grand-daughter of displaced French/German Jewish immigrants, I grew up with a sense of estrangement and anxiety. Now I’m keenly aware of the establishment of whole new generations of people with lineages like mine.

The Australian Indigenous cultures left their paintings and stories to guide the next generation. Our world is certainly often not as we have been led to believe. These are times of “alternative truth” and mass dislocation, geographically and philosophically. We must all navigate by other methods than previous times. For me, that method is by “feel.”

These works are maps, internal landscapes. Following the Surrealists, choosing wonder over fear and anxiety to find unexpected harmony, I am investigating borders, the streams and diversions, emotional tides outside and inside the flow of our lives and the transition states between people and history.

Reduction is important to me, distilling emotion and memory, materials and their interaction with the human body to their essence, the elements stripped bare of artifice and decoration.



  • Education
  • 2011 Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • National Art School Sculpture
  • 1991 Bachelor of Arts
  • Sydney University Modern History and Social Anthropology
  • Exhibitions
  • 2018
  • June
  • Australian Embassy - “ Border Country” - Solo Show
  • Gallery Berlin Blue Art “ Totem” - Group Show
  • October
  • Frieze Fair London - Charity Show in association with Deutsche Bank and Tracey Emin.
  • 2017
  • “Exquisite Corpse” Solo 66 Torstrasse Berlin
  • 2016
  • Enter Art Foundation – Berlin Art Week
  • “Open Studios” Funkhause Nalepasstrasse
  • 2015
  • “Berliner Liste”, Fair for Contemporary Art (Solo Exhibit), Berlin
  • “Open Studios”, Funkhaus Nalepasstrasse
  • “Centrale” Berlin, Schoneweide Kunst Festival
  • “Shadows and Lights” (Solo Show), Danks St Depot Gallery 2, Waterloo, Sydney , Australia
  • 2014
  • Schoneweide Kunst Festival, Centrale Berlin
  • ArtSlant Section winner, “Not yours....”
  • LTP Show, Bowral Sydney
  • 2013
  • Funkhause “Lighthouse”, Nalepasstrasse Berlin
  • Deutsche Bank - Kunsthalle, Unter den Linden, Berlin
  • Schoneweide Kunst Festival, Nalepasstrasse, Berlin
  • 2012
  • Funkhaus - Open Studios, Nalepastrasse, Berlin
  • 2011
  • Devotion, (Solo Private Viewing)
  • Small works for a large Universe, Index Gallery, Chippendale Sydney
  • Paper Planesm Paper Mill Gallery, City Sydney
  • Gallery 4a Members Show Galler,y 4a Chinatown - Sydney
  • Frasers Studios Open Day, Chippendale Sydney
  • And then there is Silence, Death Be Kind Gallery, Brunswick Melbourne
  • 2010
  • Simply Sienna, National Art School Stairwell Gallery, Darlinghurst Sydney
  • NCS Sculpture, National Art School Stairwell Gallery, Darlinghurst SydneyDarlinghurst Sydney
  • 2009
  • Mils Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
  • Gallery 4A, Chinatown, Sydney Members Show
  • Collections
  • Deutsche Bank – Berlin, Germany Mori Gallery – Sydney, Australia Various Private Collections
  • Residencies and Awards
  • Directors Cut Blake Prize Australia 2016
  • Saatchi Online new artist prize 2013
  • Transart Summer Programme Berlin 2012
  • Fraser Studios August – November 2011
  • Emerging Artist Residency Program Sydney, Australia

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