An Australian painter renowned for his portrait work, RMIT alumnus Vincent Fantauzzo has exhibited worldwide with shows in India, Vietnam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Australia.
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and Master of Fine Art
"The beauty of art is that everyone translates the way they see things differently, so I want to be able to open the doors for artists so that they don’t have to go through the pretension or hierarchy that the art world has over artists sometimes."
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, and a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT University, Vincent Fantauzzo is now an Adjunct Professor with RMIT.
Vincent’s entry in the 2008 Archibald Portrait Prize of the late Heath Ledger won him the runner-up and the People’s Choice award. In 2009 his entry of actor Brandon Walters again won him the People’s Choice award. He was also awarded GQ Artist of the year in 2009.
Also in 2009, he produced 30 Portraits in 30 days in Hong Kong, and went on to repeat this project in New York in 2011. In 2012 Vincent produced 30 portraits in 30 days of inspirational Australians, which were displayed at NGV Studio in Melbourne, Australia.
In 2011 Vincent won the Archibald Packing Room Prize, the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (for his depiction of Baz Lurhmann), and the Metro Art Award.
Vincent was a finalist for the 2013 Archibald Prize with his portrait of partner Asher Keddie, ‘Love Face', which won the People’s Choice Award.
In 2014, he was again awarded the People’s Choice Award for a self portrait as his son Luca.
Most recently, Vincent,was named GQ artist of the year for the second time. He has also opened his own venue, La Chinesca, a unique late-night bar and eatery in Collins Street, Melbourne, where some of his most prominent artwork is on display.