Melbourne born, Australian artist Santina Amato lives and works in New York, USA and is current Fellow at BRIC Media Arts House Fellowship Program, Brooklyn, U.S.A. She received a BFA in Painting (2007, Honours, 2009) from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. Her practice combines performance, video, sculpture and site-specific contexts to explore the sensorial experience of femininity and the female identity within a surrealistic framework.
Amato is a recipient of many awards including the American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund (2014), NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists (2013), Australia Council for the Arts, ArtStart Initiative (2012), Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Early Career Grant (2012) Copyright Agency Limited, Travel Grant, Australia (2010) and Ian Potter Cultural Trust Fund, Travel Grant, Australia (2008) amongst many others.
She has participated in residency programs by Artspace Visual Arts Center, Sydney, Australia (2013); Blindside ARI, Melbourne, Australia (2013); Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia (2012); New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, New York, U.S.A (2012); Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, U.S.A (2010); Art Channel, Beijing, China (2008) and Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China (2008).
Her work has been exhibitied in numerous venues nationally and internationally within solo and group exhibitions such as the Detroit International Videonale, Kuntshalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MI, U.S.A (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts, NY, U.S.A (2013), Hatched, Northside Film Festival, New York, U.S.A (2012), Currents 2012, International New Media Arts Festival, Santa Fe, U.S.A (2012); The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne, Australia (2012), Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia (2008); Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (2008).
Santina Amato is represented by Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.