Born in 1990 to a Filipino mother and Yugoslav father, artistic creation has always been my escape and fortitude against the personal challenges I experienced as a migrant, adapting to life in Australia – a vast land drenched in colour, and the murmurings of something primordial.

Drawing inspiration from artists as varied as Francis Bacon, with his characteristically claustrophobic spatial relationships between figures and their surrounds, David Lynch’s dreamlike surrealism, and Olivier Messiaen’s static musical tones, my own inner conflicts were perhaps the earliest and most formative influences on my art - I paint from the interior to recalibrate, to defragment and to liberate.

In my practice I have found that portraiture enables me to reflect through the sitter, who becomes a conduit for both their own anxieties, as well as mine. My practice is an attempt to externalise internal conflict, creating a juxtaposition of movement and stillness that forms an unsettling effect, evoking a surreal and dreamlike quality. It is in this dreamlike place that the spectre of mortality emerges, and though my art is often considered ‘dark,’ I believe it is ultimately redemptive as it lays bare an emotional truth.


2012: College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Art Education.


• 2014: Portia Geach Memorial Award, S H Ervin Gallery,  Millers Point, NSW• 2014: Take Home Archive, Fundraiser 2014, Archive Space,  Newtown, NSW• 2015: Serbian Festival Pop-up Exhibition, Tumbalong Park,  Darling Harbour, NSW• 2015: Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre,  Muswellbrook, NSW• 2015: International Women's Day Art Prize, Tap Gallery,  Darlinghurst, NSW• 2015: Black Swan Art Prize, Linton & Kay Gallery,  Perth, WA• 2015: Portia Geach Memorial Award, S H Ervin Gallery, Millers Point, NSW• 2015: Blacktown Art Prize, Blacktown Art Centre, Blacktown, NSW• 2015: Selected works, St James Station, Sydney, NSW• 2015: Practice What You Teach, M2 Gallery, Surry Hills, NSW• 2016: Untitled, Traffic Jam Galleries, Neutral Bay, NSW• 2016: Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill Town Hall, NSW• 2016, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW• 2016: Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW• 2016: Hurstville Art Gallery, Hurstville, NSW• 2016: Portia Geach Memorial Award, S H Ervin Gallery, Millers Point, NSW• 2016: Summer Show, Metro Gallery, Armadale, VIC• 2017: 'Emerging', Gosford Regional Art Gallery• 2017: Metro Gallery, Armadale, VIC• 2017, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill, NSW• 2017: ‘PROXY’, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW• 2017: Archibald Prize


Fairfield Champion 2016 - "Painters finalist in art prize a brush with success" Sept 29 2015Limelight Magazine, 2016 – “Simon Tedeschi faces up to the Archibald Prize again”Fairfield Champion 2016 = "Drawn to Personal Subject" - August 10, 2016Newcastle Herald - Young Sydney artist wins People's Choice at Kilgour" - August 12, 2016


Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Egon Schiele, Diego Velazquez, John Singer Sargent

120cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil on canvas
43cm (W) x 52cm (H)
Watercolour on paper
43cm (W) x 52cm (H)
Watercolour on paper
90cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
100cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil on canvas
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil on canvas
88cm (W) x 64cm (H)
Oil and acrylic on linen
41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
oil on wood panel
62cm (W) x 62cm (H)
oil on linen
90cm (W) x 120cm (H)
oil and acrylic on canvas