Marynes Avila is an Argentinean born, Melbourne based, multidisciplinary artist who creates work that specifically responds to site and community by implementing the use of multiples as “data connectors” in the public realm.
Avila’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Education - Contemporary Dance from UAI University, Buenos Aires, Argentina, obtaining a Scholarship for Academic Excellence & Professional Practice; a Diploma of Arts -Visual Arts from Chisholm Institute, Frankston where she was awarded the Monyx Best Overall Portfolio Prize and a Masters of Arts - Art in Public Space with High Distinction from RMIT University.
Avila has exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas, holding 15 solo shows and participating in over 56 group exhibitions. Avila has completed 26 public art commissions while working extensively for local councils and art organizations.
The artist has been the recipient of many national art awards and grants such as the 2020 Architects for Peace Interventionist Award supported by the City of Yarra, the 2018 Toorak Village Traders Major Award, the Ephemeral Art Award at the 2009 Moreland Art Show, a Moreland Sculpture Grant in 2013 and the Overall Prize Winner at the 2016 City of Knox’s Immerse Award as well as being a finalist in numerous high profile exhibition awards including the McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park Senini Art Award 2005; the Yering Station Sculpture Award (2008; 2009; 2011; 2017; 2018; 2019), the Montalto Sculpture Prize (2009, 2018), the Toorak Village Sculpture Awards (2009, 2013, 2018); the 2010 Toyota Artist Travel Grant, the Toyota Sculpture Prize (2009; 2010; 2011; 2012), the Wangaratta Current Sculpture Biennial among others.
Avila has been selected to undertake numerous national and international residencies.
International residences include a residency at the Shaanxi University of Art and Textiles artist residency in China supported by RMIT University, the Ayatana AIR collaborating with scientists at the Ottawa University’s Laboratory for Biophysical Manipulation, Canada; the Aktuelle Architektur der Kultur Centro Negra artist residency in Murcia, Spain supported by the City of Blanca and the Spanish Consulate in Melbourne and the Proyecto ‘Ace AIR in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
National residencies include the Toolangi Sculpture Trial 20th Anniversary artist residency supported by the Australian Government and Parks Victoria, the Gunyah artist residency in NSW, the Heritage Hill artist residency supported by the City of Greater Dandenong, the Laughing Waters AIR in Eltham supported by the Nillumbick Shire Council and parks Victoria, a supported residency at the King’s Bridge Cottage in Tasmania through the Launceston City Council, the Billilla Historic House at the Parr Studio in Brighton, Victoria supported by the Bayside City Council, a supported residency at Police Point Shire Park Gatekeeper’s Cottage through the Mornington Peninsula Shire; most recently, the Hill End AIR at Haefligers’ Cottage in NSW supported by the Bathurst Regional Gallery and National Parks, and currently a BHCAC AIR supported by the City of Whitehorse among others.
Avila’s work is included in public and private collections in Australia and overseas and has been featured in many publications and newspapers articles.
The artist is an experienced educator, a Masters of Art external examiner at the RMIT University Public Art Unit and frequently undertakes international research on the concept of the Public Narrative of Multiples: A Language of Transcendence. The international research consists of the cross- cultural investigation of multiples through the use of drawing, microscopy and digital photography, exploring multiplicity as a way of communication and human interaction.