Antony Muia

Antony Muia reflects on humanity and addresses the body in relation to culture and society through his work. His figurative style draws upon diverse representations of the body with influences ranging from Roman sculpture to social media posts.

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Kiss by the River Styx, 2020, ink, watercolour and pastel on paper, 122 x 82cm
Kiss by the River Styx, 2020, ink, watercolour and pastel on paper, 122 x 82cm | Antony Muia

Antony Muia was born in 1966, in Perth, Western Australia. Since studying fine art at Claremont School of Art, he has concentrated on a drawing-based multidisciplinary practice and has exhibited regularly since his first solo exhibition in 1990.

Antony's work reflects humanity and addresses the body in relation to culture and society. His figurative style draws upon diverse representations of the body with influences ranging from Roman sculpture to social media posts. He is a social realist making satirical and sometimes pseudo erotic work that both explores and questions aesthetic value and moral consequence. His work often deals with the ability art has to navigate complexities surrounding the human condition, including entangled and contradictory relationships in art and day to day life.

Antony's graphic works are primarily on paper and rendered using a style that utilises restraint to balance pattern and void. His visual language consists of various graphic marks including scratchy line work made with pen and ink, smudges, puddles and veils of transparent watercolour.

Antony has exhibited in solo and group shows around Australia, including formative exhibitions with Delaney Galleries in Perth and Artplace in Perth and Melbourne, as well as being selected as a finalist for national art prizes such as the Dobell Drawing Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Benalla Nude Art Prize in Victoria.

His works are represented in prestigious collections such the Kerry Stokes Collection, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the St John of God Health Care Collection.