Silvia A Sellitto was born in Coburg, Melbourne. Numerous works have been selected as Finalists in various Art Awards, including Contemporary Art Awards, Whyalla Art Prize and Who is Looking at You? Portrait Prize. She completed a B.ED - Visual Arts at The University of Melbourne and a Masters by Coursework, Visual Arts at Monash University. Sellitto taught as a Secondary Art teacher and is now a mother of three. She has exhibited in and curated numerous group exhibitions. She is business partner and Exhibition Manager at Little Deer Tracks (cafe and exhibition space, Coburg).
Her art work addresses multi-layered themes of identity, lineage and the dark shadowy aspects of her psyche.
She draws on a miscellany of materials and processes into the play of her art making.
Silvia A Sellitto's work in experimental portraiture explores gesture, altered bodies and methods of disguise that border on the surreal, presenting sinister and somewhat folkloric aspects of human experience and her own Southern Italian lineage.
Sellitto's emotionally charged tableaux are produced using painting, photography and collage, including the re-creation of artworks produced by her children. Sellitto's work brings a complexity to readings of Motherhood and domestic experience, with themes of cyclical loss, grief and fear appearing alongside whimsical, painterly qualities.
In her solo exhibition, 'Leave The Light On' at Montslavat's Long Gallery in Eltham (2017), she represented an alternate universe where fears and anxieties are playfully explored, and make-believe collides with everyday life.'
2006 - Monash University, Gippsland, Masters by Coursework, Visual Arts
1996 - University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Education, Visual Arts
2018 - Contemporary Art Awards, 2018, Brisbane, Queensland
- BlackCat Gallery, Collingwood, Face to Face, group exhibition
2017 - CCP, Salon 2017, group photography competition exhibition
- NOIR Darkroom, Cut, Copy, Paste:The Art of the Zine, group exhibition
- NOIR Darkroom, Exquisite Ladder, solo exhibition
- NOIR Darkroom, Trashed, group exhibition
- Long Gallery, Montsalvat, Leave the Night Light on, solo exhibition,
oil paintings and mixed media works on paper
- Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood, Who is Looking at You?, 2017 Portrait Prize.
- Contemporary Art Awards, 2017, Brisbane, Queensland
- Little Deer Tracks, Coburg, Leading Ladies, collages, oil paintings and mixed media solo exhibition
2016 -Brunswick Street Gallery, 40x40 Art Prize exhibition
- Linden New Art, The Linden Postcard Show, 3 collages, (Oct. '16 - Jan. '17)
- 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Back in five minutes, solo exhibition
- Contemporary Art Awards, 2016, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Beams Arts Festival, NSW, part of Sydney's Smallest Gallery installation
- Sydney's Smallest Gallery, NSW "3 x 3 cm exhibition", group exhibition
- Little Deer Tracks, Victoria, Impossible Body, solo exhibition
- Adelaide Festival Centre, SA, Whyalla Art Prize: A selection of works from the prestigious Whyalla Art Prize
2015- Contemporary Art Awards, 2015, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- The Snug Space, Northcote, "12 inches exhibition", group exhibition of record cover art
- Melbourne Arts Club, group exhibition
- Middleback Arts Centre, South Australia, Whyalla Art Prize
- Pumpkin Lane Gallery, St.Kilda, Made with love, Group show
2014- Little Deer Tracks, It’s a Collage Frenzy, group self-curated show
2011- Little Deer Tracks, Grand Opening group show
2010- Counihan Gallery, Place & Belonging, Women’s Salon Exhibition
2006- Cusp Gallery, Northcote, Say die-a-gra-matik, group self-curated exhibition
2000-2005 - Counihan Gallery, Women Salon Exhibition
1999 - Counihan Gallery, More…Art In Moreland
- The Mechanics Institute Gallery, Women ’99, Salon Exhibition
1998 - Roar Studios, Untitled, group show
2017 - Moreland Leader, "Colouring-in takes dark turn"
- Catalogue, Contemporary Art Awards, 2017
2016 - “The demands of Everyday”, ‘Back in 5 minutes’ exhibition review, by Dr. Julie Rees, Contemporary Art Awards
- Patchogue Press, September edition online zine by Oliver Clarke, "Art work of the month" section
- Catalogue, Contemporary Art Awards, 2016
- Big Kids Magazine, Human, Keepsake edition
- AvantCard, Artist postcard project, distributed Australia-wide
- Zine, Silvia a Sellitto, designed & published by Adrian Franzese
- Catalogue, Back in five minutes, designed by Anita Mandile
- Catalogue, Impossible body, designed by Anita Mandile
- Catalogue, Contemporary Art Awards, 2015
2016 - Art Almanac, February edition
2013 -2015 - BIG Kids Magazine
2013 - Yeok - Melbourne artist blog page Q & A & “Draw A Creep” competition winner
1998/1999/2001 - Leader Newspaper
2005, Counihan Gallery, Promotional postcards for Future Directions exhibition