Sebastian Di Mauro, Drifter, 2011, stainless steel, 500cm x 340cm x 160cm. Photo: Roger D’Souza Photography.
Sebastian Di Mauro, Folly (Themeda triandra syn. T.australis), 2007-08, polystyrene, artificial grass, steel, timber, 396cm x 310 cm diameter. Photo: Ross Bird.
Sebastian Di Mauro, Snuffle (detail), 2002-03, artificial grass, galvanised steel. L. 250cm x 280cm x 135cm. R. 120cm x 150cm x 650cm. Photo: courtesy the artist.
Sebastian Di Mauro, The REEL Project, 2010, artificial grass, installation dimensions variable. Photo: Don Brice and Adelaide City Council.
Sebastian Di Mauro is a sculptor celebrated for his innovative materiality. Born in Innisfail, Queensland, in 1955, he currently lives and works between Brisbane and Delaware (USA) and holds a PhD from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He is a second-generation Italian-Australian, and his practice operates within the subject areas of migration, the postcolonial and contemporary Australia. His work explores citizenship, what comprises belonging, the nature of bi-culturalism, and diasporic memory. His art reveals both his own and a universal search for identity.
Recogonised in 2004 as one of Australia’s sculptors to watch, his work has been celebrated in two monographs, Footnotes of a Verdurous Tale (2009) and Between Material (1998).
Di Mauro’s work has risen to national prominence through the survey exhibition Footnotes of a Verdurous Tale, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (2009); the award of the Australia Council Barcelona Studio (2009); selection for the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award and Exhibition in 2003, 2005 and 2008; residencies at the British School, Rome (2004); winning the Montalto Sculpture Prize, Victoria (2003); being the inaugural Woollahra Sculpture Prize winner (2001); and a residency at Parks Victoria, Melbourne (2000).
Di Mauro has completed significant public art commissions in high-profile buildings in Australia and overseas. These include: Drifter for Ningbo, China (2011); an ephemeral public artwork for the Adelaide City Council (2011); a private commission for Taylor, Cullity and Lethlean Landscape Architects, Adelaide (2006); the Gabba Members Area, Gabba Cricket Ground, Brisbane (2006); Undulant, Logan Community Health Centre (2005); Drift for 33 Charlotte Street, Brisbane (2004); Blur between, Brisbane Magistrates Court (2004) and Chat, 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane (2002).
He has held over 45 solo and 100 group exhibitions in Australia and internationally, with his paintings, sculpture, artist books and installations collected by Australia’s key art institutions, including the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth), McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (Victoria), Bendigo Art Gallery (Victoria), Besen Collection (Melbourne), Artbank (Sydney), The University of Queensland Art Museum (Brisbane), and Deakin University (Melbourne).
Sebastian Di Mauro’s public art commissions are handled exclusively through CREATIVEMOVE.
Sebastian Di Mauro is represented by Onespace Gallery.