exotic contemporary art

About Ilia

The succinct version

I was born in Sydney and spent my childhood in Papua New Guinea, Sydney and Canberra before relocating to the Gold Coast in 2000.

I have a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Canberra and participated in a student traineeship program at the Philips Industrial Design Division in The Netherlands. I was a sessional teacher at the Graphic Design Faculty at Griffith University, Gold Coast for a short period of time. I have had a 27 year career as a graphic designer, both as a freelancer and with several boutique agencies (this confirms my theory that the Facebook algorithm might be a little out of kilter).

My artworks can be seen at  Coldstream Gallery, Ulmarra, Victorian Parliament House, artloversaustralia.com.au and artfinder.com. The National Museum of Erotica possess several of my works as do several other private collectors.

I was a finalist in the 2016 Bald Archy Prize which toured nationally, 2017 Morris Art Prize,  2017 Global Art Awards, 2018 Border Art Prize and 2019 Art Lovers Australia Prize.

I held a solo exhibition at the Gold Coast Arts Centre Café  in 2013 and was a participant in the Blending Genders Exhibition at the Royal Queenland Art Society later that year. I also held a solo exhibition at Hillier Skuse Gallery in 2015. I was an exhibiting artist at ARTundressed, Miami Florida in 2017. I had my work published in 1340 Art Magazine 2018 and the 2013 Catalogue of the National Museum of Erotica. I have appeared on Colour in Your Life show.

The rambling version

Who am I? Am I an alien, an artist, an explorer, a visual buccaneer, a scientist, a computer geek, a designer or spawn from another dimension? I often ask myself these questions, but have not found the answer just yet.

Clearly you didn’t visit this page to share my existential crisis, so I will attempt to stick to facts and let you decide for yourself.

I am not as young as I’d like to think I am, however they tell me you are only as old as you feel. I’d like to say that the Facebook algorithm is correct and I’m about 27… but that would be flexing the truth a little too far. Let’s just agree that I’ve clicked past the half century, but somehow failed to grow up. Do not attempt to guess my ethnicity from my name. It will only lead to tears. We can save that for small talk if I ever get to meet you.

On the note of small talk, I am proudly neuro-divergent and sit comfortably on the Autism Spectrum. I have what used to be called Asperger’s Syndrome (before we discovered the truth about Hans Asperger). This means it can be excruciatingly difficult to attempt small talk with me – hence my earlier proposal. I tend to plunge straight into the deep end, and before you know it, you may find yourself bombarded with possibly too much information as I enthusiastically elaborate on why it is possible that Nikola Tesla was the love child of both of Schroedinger’s Cats (there were definitely two of them).

I’m digressing. I apologise. I shall try to get to the point.

I am obsessive, focussed and experimental. My work ethic is relentless and I push myself beyond my limits. I am happiest when I’m tortured and twisted with the challenge of my latest artwork. I am shy and awkward, and struggle to promote myself.  I have a fondness for small furry critters, paint fumes and Tom Waits (I wonder if they are actually all the same thing?).