Born: Camperdown, NSW
Tribal Group: Gadigal
Konstantina is an emerging contemporary indigenous artist. She is re-imagining the traditions of her peoples' dot painters and providing a modern narrative for all Australians to better understand First Nations People as just part of the fabric of Australia.
Her work is simple and yet intricately detailed. Her colour palette is directly reflective of each of her artworks' narratives. She enjoys using bright colours teamed with earthly tones.
Konstantina is a young Koori woman of the Eora Nation. She is a proud Gadigal artist who was born and bred on her own country. She now resides with her husband and their small children in the northern region of NSW, where she is inspired by the nature that surrounds her and her young sons.
Konstantina directly relates the struggles, inspiration, challenges and daily turmoil she feels at being a mum, a storyteller, a creative, a woman and above all a connected Aboriginal person to the land, the animals and spirit of our country into her modern take into a time honoured tradition of dot painting. Using acrylics and sticks found on mother Earth she sits quietly for hours producing works on paper, canvas and at scale for public art projects.
Konstantina's renown as a gifted Indigenous visual artist is rapidly growing. In 2020 she was honoured to be awarded a Highly Commended from the Border Art Prize 2020. She is also gaining a strong following here at Kate Owen Gallery where her works included in the 2020 East Coast Matters show are amongst the standouts for that exhibition.
Copyright Biography Kate Owen Gallery courtesy of Konstantina
Awards and Recognition
2021 Selected to provide the visuals for "The Voice Australia" Grand Finale (Team Jessica Mauboy)
2021 Keynote speaker at the inaugural TEDx Byron Bay event. Theme "The Space Between"
2021 Member of Indigenous Art Steering Committee for Waverley Council, Sydney, with specific remit to curate aboriginal art for Bondi Pavillion and foreshore
2021 Art Lovers Australia Prize 2021 - Finalist
2020 BAM - Byron Art Prize 2020 - Semi-Finalist
2020 Border Art Prize - Finalist and Highly Commended
2018 Byron Bay Laneway project - large format mural
2017 Lane Cove rejuvenation project, Sydney - large format mural
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2021 Negative Space, Ninbella Gallery, Bangalow NSW
2020 The Caste Collection, Ninbella Gallery, Bangalow NSW
2019 Blak Enough: Ninbella Gallery, Bangalow, NSW
2019 Colour Correction: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Centre, Murwillumbah NSW
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 HERE I AM: Art by Great Women, Exhibition at Darling Quarter, Sydney; outside National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and at Australian National University, Canberra, as part of Know my Name, by National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2020 A Vision of Country: Australian Aboriginal Landscapes, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Colours of Spring, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Artist in Residence, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 East Coast Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney