David Bongiorno is an award winning figurative artist working in Maleny, Queensland.

Exhibiting since 2004 his practice has included solo and group exhibitions, private commissions, short listing in various local and national art prizes and “Emerging Wearable Artist Winner” at the Australian Wearable Art Festival 2022.


Pencil, Charcoal, Ink

Phone: 0408 034 570
Website: davidbongiornoart.com

Open Studios Sunshine Coast

More About Me

Fascinated by the portrayal of the figure in art as a young child, he has been compelled to pursue it ever since. Recurring themes in his work explore the inherent beauty in form, the decorative potential of the nude and intimate interpretations of his life, environment and experiences.

Although his practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, painting and wearable artworks, drawing still remains David’s primary form of artistic expression. Working intuitively, his art ranges from realism to expressionism, utilising any media needed to achieve his artistic goals.

Consistently exploring new media and techniques, his autodidactic studies of anatomy, composition and art history have informed his keen interest in the human figure as the major focus in his art. His influences are the artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s whose masterworks he studies in order to learn from them as his teachers. A range of aesthetics and philosophies inform his work including realism, expressionism, 20th century nude photography, fashion and design.

David also uses his experience in management to help drive his vision for a flourishing art culture in his community through curating group exhibitions, creative event collaborations, teaching and mentoring.

Exhibitions and Art Prizes

  • 2022 Australian Wearable Art Festival, finalist, Winner- Best Emerging Wearable Artist award Sunshine Coast, Qld
  • 2022 Small Works Art Prize, participating artist, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2020 ‘Maleny Cream at the Butter Factory’, group exhibition, curator and participating artist,

Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre

  • 2019 “The Magic of Mary Cairncross”, Book launch and exhibition, contributing artist
  • 2019 ‘Art of the Body’, group exhibition, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre
  • 2018 ‘Paper 2’, group exhibition, curator and contributing artist, Witta, Qld
  • 2016 ‘New Works by David Bongiorno’, solo exhibition, MAD Gallery, Maleny, Qld
  • 2015 Manning Art Prize: Naked and Nude, finalist, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, NSW
  • 2014 ‘Vive l’Homme’, group exhibition, Lust for Life Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Qld
  • 2014 Group Exhibition, Gatakers Artspace Regional Gallery, Maryborough, Qld
  • 2013 ‘Torsos II’, solo exhibition, The Upfront Club, Maleny, Qld
  • 2004 ‘Torsos’, solo exhibition, Steps Gallery, Carlton, Vic

Curating and Other

  • 2022 ‘Wunderkammer Salon’, co-creator, co-organiser, co-curator with Shannon Garson
  • 2021 Open Studios Sunshine Coast, participating artist
  • 2020 ‘Maleny Cream at the Butter Factory’, group exhibition, curator, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, Qld

2018 ‘Paper 2’, group exhibition, curator, Old Witta School, Witta, Qld