Michelle Belgiorno

Michelle Belgiorno is a Sydney based artist who works across various media including oil painting, sculpture and collaborative fabric-based installations.

Belgiorno’s main interest is human culture and behaviour in all its diversity. Her work derives from direct observation, cross-cultural engagement, artefacts and relics, myths and literary texts.

A long-term interest has been the inscrutable culture of Japan, drawing on a forty-plus year engagement with the aesthetics, society and language, so distinct from that of Australia.

In recent times, due to Covid 19 travel restrictions, the artist’s focus has been closer to home. Daily walks and paddles around the foreshores of Sydney Harbour helped maintain mental and physical strength in the face of growing uncertainty.

The artist became inspired by the complexity and beauty of the natural environment; the layered forms, the textures, cracks and crevices and the regenerative role of death and decay in the cycle of life. Recent works highlight the delicate balance of the natural world in the face of population growth and climate change.

Belgiorno has been a practicing artist for 25 years. She has exhibited both in Sydney and Tokyo, and has been a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize, The Paddington Art Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Prize. Her work is held in the Australian War Memorial and the Cowra Regional Gallery.

She holds a BA Fine Arts in Painting from the National Art School, a BA Honours in Japanese and a Master of Commerce.