Born 1964, Melbourne; lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
Working across photography, collage, sculpture and installation, Tony Garifalakis’s artworks question the power and legitimacy of political, social, religious and artistic institutions. In Mob Rule, Gariflakis modifies a selection of prints and posters of military and royal figures through a similar process to that used by government agencies when censoring sensitive material. This process of concealment shifts both meaning and context of the images. Garifalakis completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT University in 2000. Recent solo exhibitions include Mutually Assured Destruction, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane, 2011; Affirmations, Daine Singer, Melbourne, 2012; and Angels of the Bottomless Pit, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, 2013. Recent group exhibitions include Monanism, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, 2011; Negotiating This World: Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2012; A Postcard from Afar: North Korea at a Distance, Apex Art, New York, 2012; and Theatre of the World, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, 2012. Garifalakis has undertaken several international studio residencies, including at ISCP, New York, in 2008, and SOMA, Mexico City, in 2011. Tony Garifalakis is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.