‘A gesture in visual art is an expression of an idea or meaning which is presented and performed through the somatic effect on material and site. In other words, it is an expression of the body’s temporal rhythm, as well as a record of the body’s interaction and encounter with material and space.‘ Emmy Mavroidis
Born in 1965 in Melbourne, Emmy Mavroidis is a Master by Research candidate at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at The University of Melbourne. Currently, she is conducting research focusing on Drawing: Gesture, the Body, and Movement. At the Faculty of Fine Art and Music, The University of Melbourne, she earned a Master’s in Contemporary Art in 2020. Following her completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1986, she earned her Diploma in Education in 1992.
She founded Nyora Studio Gallery in 2003, a thriving arts centre in Melbourne. Emmy teaches & mentors other artists through the Nyora Gallery Resident Artists Program as well as holding exhibitions and workshops on drawing and sculpture.
2021-current Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts Master of Fine Art, by Research
2019-20 The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts Fine Arts & Music, Master of Contemporary Art
2003 – current Nyora Studio Gallery Director, Melbourne
1991 The University of Melbourne, Institute of Education. Diploma of Education
1984–1986 Victorian College of the Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting
SELECTED PRIZES AND AWARDS
2023 Artist in Residence at DRAWinternational Caylus, France
2022 Recipient of The University of Melbourne, Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship for excellence in drawing.
2020 Winner of the Arnold Bloch Leibler Award, Yering Station Sculpture Award, Yarra Glen, Victoria.
2020 Grant awarded, Nillumbik Shire Council. Time of COVID-19, Art and Cultural Development,
2019 Montalto Sculpture Prize, Finalist, Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Red Hill, Victoria
2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale Small Sculpture Prize, Finalist, Lorne, Victoria
2016 Winner, Yering Station Sculpture Award, Yering Staff & Directors Choice Award, Yarra Glenn, Victoria
2015 Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, Finalist 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – Semi-finalist
2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – Semi-finalist
1985 Clifton Pugh Drawing Prize, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Victoria
1985 The Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria Award, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Victoria