About Juan Ford
Born 1973, Melbourne, Australia 1999 - 2001 Master of Arts (Fine Art) by Research, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia 1995 - 1998 Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), RMIT (1st class honours) Lives and works in Melbourne Over 20 solo exhibitions since 1998 at contemporary art institutions, ARIs and commercial galleries, most recently Art Basel Hong Kong 2013; at the Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art - 24HR Art, Darwin; The Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo; and a major installation at La Trobe University. He was commissioned in 2010 to create an exhibition for the National Gallery of Victoria’s Children’s program, and also to create work in 2012 for Hotel de Immigrantes, a project in Manifesta 9, the European Biennale. Has been part in over 100 group and institutional exhibitions including; The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Brisbane; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Melbourne; Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, as well as many art fairs, regional galleries and university institutions nationwide and abroad. Selected awards and grants: Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant (2010); Peoples' choice prize for the Basil Sellars Art Prize, at the Ian Potter Museum (2010); The 2006 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award; the 2004 Fletcher Jones Art Award, and the People’s Choice Prizes in both the ABN Amro Emerging Artists Prize and the Salon des Refuses. Residencies include: Art OMI Residency, Omi International Arts Centre, Columbia County, New York State, USA (2010); Bundanon Trust Residency (2010); Australia Council Studio Residency in Rome (2006). Commissioned official portraits include: Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors of The University of Melbourne; Monash University, Melbourne; RMIT University, Melbourne; LaTrobe University, Melbourne; Sydney University; He recently completed a portrait of The Hon. John Brumby, former State Premier of Victoria, for the Victorian State Parliament. Juan Ford’s work is represented in many significant collections nationwide. He will be presenting a commissioned solo project for Melbourne Now, at the National Gallery of Victoria.