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 59 group exhibitions and completing numerous national public art commissions as well as delivering public art installations around the world.
The artist has been consistently winning many national art awards and grants such as the 2022 Mount Eliza Sculpture Trail Prize; the 2022 Toorak Village Traders Sculpture Prize; the 2020 Architects for Peace Interventionist Award supported by the City of Yarra; the 2018 Overall Toorak Traders Association Sculpture Prize; the 2016 City of Knox’s Immerse Prize; the 2013 Moreland Sculpture Grant; the 2009 Moreland Ephemeral Sculpture Award; and the 2008 TVSA Worrell’s Mercedes-Benz and Melbourne Weekly Magazine Prize; as well as being a finalist in numerous high profile awards including the 2022 Lorne Sculpture Biennale SculptureSCAPE Award; the 2021 Victoria Sculpture Prize at the Gippsland Art Gallery; the 2022; 2019; 2018; 2017; 2011; 2009 & 2008 Yering Station Sculpture Award; the 2018 & 2009 Montalto Sculpture Prize; the 2010 Toyota Artist Travel Grant, the Toyota Sculpture Prize (2009; 2010; 2011; 2012), the Wangaratta Current Sculpture Biennale and the McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery Senini Sculpture Award among others.
The artist has been selected to undertake numerous prestigious national and international artist residencies such as the Bathurst Regional Gallery & National Parks Hill End AiR at the Haefligers’ Cottage in NSW; the Parks Victoria and Australian Government Toolangi Sculpture Trial 20th Anniversary AiR; the Bayside City Council’s AiR at the Billilla Historic House’s Parr Studio; the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Point Nepean Gatekeeper’s Cottage AiR; the Launceston City Council’s Kings Bridge Gatekeeper’s Cottage AiR in Tasmania; the Gunyah Air in NSW; the Nillumbik Shire Council & Parks Victoria’s Laughing Waters AiR; the Incinerator’s Art Centre AiR in Melbourne; the City of Greater Dandenong’s Heritage Hill AiR; the Ayatana AiR in Canada; the Shaanxi University of Arts & Textiles AiR in China; the Centro Negra AiR in Spain; and the Proyecto ‘Ace AiR in Argentina and currently a BHCAC AIR supported by the Whitehorse City Council 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.