I'm a Deaf artist, born in and living back in Melbourne after a number of years in Adelaide, South Australia. I have been practicing my arts for 16 years and exhibiting for the last decade and most recently as an international artist in Europe. I exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and had two solo exhibitions in Paris and UK in 2016. More recently in October 2017 I went to Berlin to do a two week Arts Exchange with 7 other Australian artists working with Berlin artists and then I was in an exhibition with other artists from all over the world, in Rome.

I work with watercolour, ink, acrylic, gouache and mixed media to communicate my stories, transcribing perceptions of the world today and way back many thousands of years ago. Some of my works are compelling, particularly the visuals of abandoned places and the ghosts that linger and some of those stories transfer to the emotions of viewers who recognise that it's also their story too, perhaps past lives are felt in my artworks. Many people feel drawn to have an original piece of art due to this intangible connection.

Since I started exhibiting professionally, I have attained quite a few awards, some of the best include being selected as one of the leading 8 artists for an Arts Exchange in Berlin in 2017, the Australian Arts Council grant for the Paris and London solo exhibitions, the Arts SA grant for Wait of the World debut exhibition in Melbourne at Gasworks, and more recently the Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Website Featured Artist Award with Manhattan Arts International.

I prefer to communicate through my artworks, my feelings about the world and its deep history, unease, unrest, constant wars and corruption warrant for my interpretation and theories on what may happen in the future and my great desire for world peace. My perceptions inspire the senses of many who too wonder what is up with the world. Some of my works also focus on preserving history of places around local areas and afar, often on request of others and those works convey in my style of the places I paint. Sometimes, for a lighthearted comment, I paint a volkswagen adventure or doggy adventure to entertain and bring a smile to people's faces, sometimes heal souls.

I am starting to move towards working with acrylic and oils on abstract and semi-abstracts as well as imagery with evolved ideas and 2018 will bring new works that sees evolution in my works.

I have a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design (2006) from SA (South Australia) Arts School. I consistently work on a body of artwork of a particular theme at one time, to produce a moving series of works that are perfect for the exhibition environment.

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2001 – 2006 Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design – O’Halloran Hill TAFE Campus
2008 – 2009 Cert IV in Screen and Animation – Hamilton College (Adult Education Department)
2004 - Graphic design Cert IV


SOLO Exhibitions
2018 November - Evolution of Grown Up Mind
FernArtz Gallery, Coburg, Melbourne, Victoria

2017 October - Berlin Pop Up Exhibition of Enchanted Collection with Arts Access Australia
Berlin, Germany
Workshop teaching, leading tour exhibition, studio work of Enchanted series and solo exhibition

2017 August - Volkys Collection in SALA Festival
Dulwich Bakery, matching the coffee cups they were printed on

2016 October - Blue Ghosts Abroad
Australian Embassy, London, UK
Exhibition of Blue Ghost works including new works

2016 September - Chelle's Collections in Paris!
Galerie Metanoia, Paris, France
Exhibition of ranges of collections including the popular Blue Ghost works, volky series, Europe 2015 works, and the Rainbow Abstract collection

2016 August - Chelle's Artworks in SALA Festival
Adelaide City Library

2016 July - Wait of World II
Artisan Framing Gallery

2016 May - June - Wait of the World
Gasworks, Art Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
Exhibition of works relating to the world changes and the perceptions within, A1 sized watercolour illustrations

2015 October – November – Volky’s Adventures II
Art Images Gallery, Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia
Solo exhibition featuring all large sized (A2 - A1 size) watercolour illustrations of Taxi and other Volkys on Adventures Series II

2015 June – Inking History - Thebarton
West Torrens Council Gallery
Solo exhibition of illustrations on the heritage buildings of Hindmarsh, Adelaide, South Australia

2015 April – Onkaparinga Celebration Month
Manolis Mezes Café
Solo Exhibition on illustrations of Port Noarlunga’s main street shops

2015 March – April – Roam the Blue Ghosts I
House of Bricks, Collingwood, Melbourne
Solo exhibition on ghosts in abandoned places in watercolour illustrations

GROUP Exhibitions
2018 March - The Other Fair, Sydney, Australia

2018 January - March - Wonthaggi Art Space. Showing Vdub collection

2018 January - The Mornington Art Prize Show, Mornington, Victoria, Australia

2017 October - Rome Arts Expo, Italy
Me & Baby Moon portrait

2017 March - April London Biennale 2017

2016 April - NOW Exhibition at Artisan Framing Gallery

2015 December - Juried Art Show: A Single Grain of Rice, Gallery Metanoia, Paris, France
Three watercolour illustrations

2015 November - Venice Biennale, Italy, Luca Curci Gallery in Ca' Zanardi Palezzo
Collection of Blue Ghost artworks; 4 pieces


2017 Feature article by art packing specialists Pack and Send as one of their customers

2017 Berlin Arts Exchange spotlight

2017 My artwork on coffee cup from Dulwich featured in Herald Sun

2017 Chelle's artworks on coffee cups at Dulwich bakeries featured in Adelaide's Advertiser 24 May 2017

2017 Critique by International Confederation of Art Critics, UK

2016 Interview with Venice-based Gallerist Luca Curci

2016 Chelle as the Winner of the Featured Artist Award in 'The Healing Power of Art Exhibition', Manhattan, New York by Renee Phillips
2016 Chelle's upcoming exhibition in Paris - by WideWalls, a Paris Arts magazine
2016 Story on a Deaf Artist by Artsy Shark - http://www.artsyshark.com/2016/06/16/a-deaf-artist-offers-inspiration/
2016 The Society Magazine - April Edition, for the Royal Adelaide Show
2015 East Meets West Design Week, UK; feature article introducing my artist profile into the UK Arts
2015 Empty Easel online art magazine: article on my watercolour works, May 2015; http://emptyeasel.com/2015/05/27/chelle-destefano-fantastically-quirky-watercolor-illustrations/
2015 Talking Points quarterly magazine of City of West Torrens, Adelaide, South Australia, Autumn 2015 Edition. One page featuring my artworks on the historical buildings of Thebarton, in the West Torrens area
2015 Crowd Crux on my Kickstarter project about Roam the Blue Ghosts Art project at www.crowdcrux.com/symbiotic-patronage-backers-creators-creators-backers/
2015 The Amazing Australian Artists book – two page spread of my arts and bio
2015 Inkable spotlight - https://www.inkable.com.au/blog/inkable-spotlight-chelle-destefano/
2014 SA Life on the Semaphore Art Walk


2018 Selected as one of the judges for the Visual Arts section an arts prize
2018 Selected to show in The Other Fair 2018, Sydney
2017 Selected as one of the leading artists for Berlin Arts Exchange, October 2017
2016 Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Website Featured Artist Award, Manhattan, New York
2016 ArtSlant 4th 2016 Showcase Winner Finalist, New York - Wall Street artwork
2016 ArtSlant 5th 2016 Showcase Winner Finalist, New York - Blood Red Moon artwork
2016 Australian Arts Council grant - funding for Paris and London exhibitions
2016 Richard Llewellyn Arts grant – funding for Wait of World Exhibition in Melbourne
2015 Selected to show in a juried art show in Paris
2015 Selected for the Venice Biennial, Italy with Exposure Program with Luca Curci Gallery
2015 Arts SA Makers and Presenter’s Grant for Blue Ghosts Exhibition in Melbourne, March 2015
2015 Acquired by Art Images Gallery, Norwood for ongoing consignments of my watercolour illustrations
2014 Richard Llewellyn Arts grant – funding to attend Arts Activated Conference, October 2014
2014 Dawn Slade-Faull Award – Painting/illustration
2014 Major Prize Award – Public Exhibition Award by Art Images Gallery; Abandoned Room I, Adelaide Royal Show
2014 First Prize Award in Open Encouragement Special Award, for One Year’s Membership at Adelaide Art Society – Salty Lime Café, Adelaide Royal Show
2013 – 2014 Armature #2 Program workshop relating to curation, promoting own art practices, festival and exhibition involvement
2012 Richard Llewellyn Arts grant – painting/illustration
2010 First prize recipient for the Dream Series II at the Deaf Arts Show

2015 Teaching at a Workshop under Access2Arts - for artists who want to learn how to market their arts
2014 Attended Arts Activated Conference and was invited by international art bodies to show my art in the UK for 2015 and 2016
2014 Art Teacher at Brighton Primary School, guest role leading to an invitation to do a Christmas special and then ongoing once a term in 2015 pending approval from the principle – October 2014
2014 Guest speaker about my arts at Windsor Gardens Secondary College – July 2014

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