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Vincent Fantauazzo

School: St. Bernards College

Year: 1990-94

Genre: Visual Arts

Australian painter renowned for his portrait work, Vincent Fantauzzo has worked and exhibited worldwide with shows in India, Vietnam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Australia. Born in 1977 in the UK, as a child he moved to Melbourne with his family. Vincent graduated from RMIT (Melbourne) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, and then moved on to complete his Masters of Fine Arts at RMIT University. Vincent often paints figures in the pictorial space and draws upon techniques used in other mediums such as photography and film to create a narrative. Through the use of contrasting elements of light and dark, shadows and colours, he creates depth in his images and heightens the realism and theatrical effect. In 2008 Vincent’s entry into the Archibald Portrait Prize of the late Heath Ledger won him the runner-up and the People’s Choice award. In 2009 his entry of the child actor Brandon Walters in Baz Luhrmann’s epic ‘Australia’ again won him the People’s Choice award. More recently, Vincent won the Archibald Prize Packing Room Prize and the Doug Moran Portrait Prize and was a finalist for the Metro Art Award. Last year Vincent completed a 30 day painting marathon in New York City which saw him produce 30 portraits in 30 days. He began the project on September 1st and finished with an exhibition at the National Arts Club.

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