Fine and Street Art

Vexta /   Unknown


Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti

December 4, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Vexta is an Australian stencil and fine artist, recognized in the street art scene as one of the leading female artists whose work surrounds the concepts of death, rebirth and the duality of the sexes.

She began her career as an artist predominately working on the streets of Melbourne and Sydney, New South Wales. Today Vexta is working within both urban environments and gallery spaces and she has been called one of Australia’s few female stencil artists to have achieved wide recognition by Lois Stavsky, author of the seminal Graffiti 365 art book.

When Vexta moved from her home town of Sydney to Melbourne in the mid-2000s, she has been studying and working alongside infamous stencil artists such as Dlux, Optic, Sync, and Ha-Ha. So, she began cutting and spraying her own stencils – of colorful, neon-drenched images of fallen figures with feathered wings and her iconic kissing skeletons took over Melbourne’s streets cemented her place within the burgeoning scene, of which she is now a main figure.

This has been evidenced by the support she has received from influential players such as Banksy, who invited her to show alongside him in London at the 2008 Cans Festival, as well as being represented and credited in his highly successful film, Exit through the Gift Shop. She was also recently a feature artist the inaugural Outpost Street Art Festival in Sydney Australia in 2012.

Integral to Vexta’s practice is bringing art to the people on the streets and as such she has generated a large following in Australia, Europe & the Americas. She is most famously known for her stencil paintings and wheat-pastes which draw from cultural visual debris, herself taught aesthetic and an ongoing exploration of printmaking and painting. These works have been seen on the streets of Paris, Sydney, Mexico City, Bogota, San Francisco and New York to name a few.

Her iconic psychedelic artworks are influenced by a personal symbolism and a greater urban mythology which connect the dots between the personal and the universal, our waking lives & the dreams beneath them, between acute cultural commentary and aching beauty.

Vexta’s motivation for stencil art is both artistic and socio-political. Her main aim in her work is to connect with the public on an emotional level.

She has work held in major collections, including The National Gallery of Australia and recently she was included in the definitive Thames & Hudson World of Art: Street Art & Graffiti book (2012) as one of only 4 female street artists.

Vexta moved to Brooklyn and she is traveling a lot – painting walls, making art for music festivals and other exhibitions, commissions and projects in India, Mexico, Australia and across Europe.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2012In-Between WorldsEdwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, AUSTRALIASolo
2012The Underground ProjectEmerald House Carpark, Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2011Across Neon NightsBlackartprojects, Melbourne, AUSTRALIASolo
2011Still one with The DarkeningMays Lane Project, Sydney, AUSTRALIASolo
2011Outpost: Art From The Streets FestivalCockatoo Island, Sydney, AUSTRALIAGroup
2011Young & FreeWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, USAGroup
2011Young GunsComodaa London, UNTIED KINGDOMGroup
2011Sink or SwimM Event Space, Tokyo, JAPANGroup
2011Space InvadersRMIT Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2011The Super HeroesEdwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane AUSTRALIAGroup
2010Tomorrows War PaintEdwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, AUSTRALIASolo
2010Extinction in TechnicolourPlatform ARI, Melbourne AUSTRALIASolo
2010Space InvadersNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra, AUSTRALIAGroup
2010Rendezvous in WrongtownToorak Private Residence, Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2009I wont be back ‘til DawnEdwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, AUSTRALIASolo
2009Fierce CreaturesDickerson Gallery, Melbourne AUSTRALIASolo
2009Memoria CanallaMuseum of Bogotá, Bogotá COLOMBIAGroup
2009The OutsidersKristian Pithie Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA Group
2009Vexta, Kill Pixie, Ari AthansEdwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, AUSTRALIAGroup
2008Turin Poster FestivalHiroshima Mon Amour, Turin, ITALYGroup
2008Future Shock, (with Haha & Logan Hicks)Sideroom Gallery, Auckland, NEW ZEALANDGroup
2008Future Shock, (with Haha & Logan Hicks)Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2008Cans FestivalLondon, UNTIED KINGDOMGroup
2008Kosmopolite FestivalParis, FRANCEGroup
2007The May’s Retrospective 2MTV Gallery, Sydney, AUSTRALIAGroup
2007Curvy 4, CitylightsMelbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2007EmptyshowMelbourne, AUSTRALIA Group
2006Rumble, Until Never: CitylightsGallery Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2006Kidz These DayzDickerson Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2006EmptyshowMelbourne, AUSTRALIA Group
2006The Mays RetrospectiveSt Peters Warehouse Space, Sydney, AUSTRALIAGroup
2005Anythink Platform ARIMelbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2005WallworxWollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, AUSTRALIAGroup
2005Paper Ninjas, Melbourne Stencil FestivalMeatworks, Nth Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2004Surface: Subject to Change, Melbourne Fringe FestivalShed 14, Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2004Retali 8, HushHush Gallery & Citylights ProjectsHosier lane, Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2004StreetworksFlinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup
2004PSSST! Melbourne Stencil FestivalE2E4 Nth Melbourne, AUSTRALIAGroup