TONY GARIFALAKIS completed a Master of Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT University in 2000. Recent solo exhibitions include Repertoires of Contention, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2017, with Joaquin Segura); Mob Rule, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2014); Angels of the bottomless pit, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2014); Warlords, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide (2014); Affirmations, Daine Singer, Melbourne (2012); The Misery of Philosophy, Curro Y Poncho, Guadalajara and The Philosophy of Misery, Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City (both 2011).
His work has also been presented in a number of major curatorial projects and group exhibitions, including The National, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2019);Hope Dies Last, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne (2019); Pleasure and Reality, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2015); Neverwhere, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul, (2015): Dark Heart, the Adelaide Biennial of Australian art, Art Gallery of South Australia (2014); Whisper in my Mask, TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Theatre of the world, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (2012); Things Fall Apart, Artspace, Sydney (2012); and Negotiating this world: contemporary Australian art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012).
Garifalakis’s work is held in numerous public collections in Australia, including Artbank; Art Gallery of South Australia; Buxton; Monash University; Museum of Old and New Art; National Gallery of Victoria. He has recently undertaken several studio residencies, including the prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York in 2008, and currently lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.