Rafaella is an artist living in Narrm/Melbourne and works in gallery settings, public spaces, on clothing and in collaborative performance. She is interested in using colour, bodily gestures and hand made materials to explore joy as a strategy of resistance while navigating precarity.  Rafaella has recently exhibited work at The National Gallery of Victoria, Westspace Gallery, TCB Art Inc, Fort Delta, The Substation and in the biennial Next Wave Festival for emerging artists. She has painted large-scale mural commissions for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Shepparton Art Museum and the City of Stonnington. Rafaella received First Class Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts (2015) and holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts from Melbourne University (2009). Her textile work has been included in publications such as The Craft Companion (Thames and Hudson). In 2017/18 she will undertake a 3 month residency at Little House Gallery in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.


b 1987
Newcastle Australia


2015 First Class Honours, Bachelor of F ine A rt, Victorian C ollege of the Arts
2009 Bachelor of Creative Arts, Melbourne University


2017 Rhyming Stance, TCB Gallery Inc, Melbourne
2015 Paintings for Performance, Fort Delta, Melbourne
2014 Uncommon Places, Readings Carlton, Commissioned Artwork for Melbourne Fringe Festival
2014 Done Dream Cone, Installation Top Shelf Gallery, Virgin Australia Fashion Festival Cultural Program


2017 Pose Like This, The Substation, with Emma Collard
2016 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, with Natasha Gabriella Tontey (IND) on Angkot Alien’
2015 The Kaleidoscopic Turn, National Gallery of Victoria, with Briony Galligan on Movement Behind the Backdrop’
2015 Mailbox Art Space, Melbourne, November 2015 w ith Briony Galligan, Amina McConvell (Darwin, NT), Sadat Laope (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
2015 Benwell/Halpern, a wall mural in response to the collection of ceramics by Stephen Benwell and Deborah Halpern, SAM, Shepparton
2014 Hatched: National Graduate Exhibition, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, with Briony Galligan on Bell Ballet video 
2013 One Night Stand, Cemeti House, Yogyakarta Indonesia
2013 The Poetic Everyman, Sangkring Art Space Yogyakarta, Indonesia and 2014, Darwin Visual Arts Association
2012 The Specialists, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne


2017 Arts Vic Grant Residency Los Angeles
2017 Melbourne Metro Rail Authority City Square Commission
2017 MidsummaArt Prize Award
2016 Greville Street Mural Commission, City of Stonnington
2015 National Gallery of Victoria Acquisition: ‘Movement Behind the Backdrop’ with Briony Galligan
2015 NextWave Kickstart Program
2014 City of Moreland Individual Development Grant
2014 Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund - Professional Development Grant
2012 Dharmasiswa Scholarship Program, study at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta