Fabrizio Biviano’s latest paintings were produced in lockdown from his home studio in east Melbourne. These self-referential still lifes feature collections of books, videos and tapes crested with floral arrangements plucked from front yards in his local neighbourhood. In balancing familial commitments, teaching year 12 visual art over zoom and a haphazard sleep schedule these works playfully remind us of the balancing act of keeping up with 2020 and that time spent listening to music, drinking coffee and trips to the flower markets are precious things not to take for granted.
“Embedded with personal and cultural references, my paintings function as self-portraits in a particular moment in time.” – Biviano 2020
Biviano completed a Master of Fine Art from Monash University in 2014. An art instructor by day, he maintains a tireless dedication to his practice. Biviano was a finalist in the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award at S.H. Ervin Gallery (2018) and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (2018). He was also a finalist in the renowned Arthur Guy Memorial Prize for Painting (2015), the Paul Guest Prize for Drawing (2014) and the Belle Arti, Chapman and Bailey Art Award (2010). His work features in the collections of Artbank and the Latrobe University Museum of Art and many private collections in Australia, the USA and the UK.