Biography

Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary media.
Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments.

Largely autobiographical, his commanding works combine the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with stylistic elements of graffiti. Merging traditional diamond-shaped designs, hand-drawn symbols and repetitive patterning to subvert romantic ideologies of Aboriginal identity.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016

Visible Invisible, Blackartprojects, Melbourne

2015

I Was Always Here, Blackartprojects at Sydney Contemporary

2014

Warriors Come Out to Play, Cemeti Art House, Yogjakarta, Indonesia
No Sleep Till Dreamtime, Chalkhorse Gallery, Curated by blackartprojects, Sydney
No Sleep Till Dreamtime, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Curated by blackartprojects, Sydney

2013

King And Country, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
Black Diamond, blackartprojects, Sydney Contemporary 2013
Regalia, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane
Royalty, Gertrude Contemporary Studio 12, Melbourne

2012

OA NDN, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts collaboration with Frank Buffalo Hyde, Santa Fe, USA
Scope Art Fair, Reko Rennie, dianne tanzer gallery + projects, New York, USA

2011

NEO GEO, dianne tanzer gallery + projects , Melbourne
Patternation, curated by Stephen Gilchrist (NGV),Kluge-Ruhe Institute, University of Virginia, USA
Tandanya Artspace, South AustaliaBlack Magic, MOP Projects, Sydney (dianne tanzer gallery + projects off site venture)
dianne tanzer gallery + projects, MelbourneBlack Magic, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Finalist piece ‘Rekospective’ in 2011 WA Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of WA

2010

Native, dianne tanzer gallery + projects , MelbourneBora, LeMUR Association, Paris, FRANCE

2009

(ab) original, dianne tanzer gallery, Melbourne
Wallpaper, Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne
Message Sticks, dianne tanzer gallery Melbourne

Selected Group Exhbitions

2016

Sovereignty, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
XIII Bienale de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Jogja Calling, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
Wall Drawings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
If People Powered Radio:40 Years of 3CR, Gertrude Contemporary
St Art Festival, Delhi, India

2015

Tarnanthi Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Murruwaygu, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Monster Pop!, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Personal Structures: Crossing Borders, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy
Vivid Festival, Sydney
Chromatic Syncopation, First Draft, Sydney
Cut It Out, Urban Nation Gallery, Berlin

2014

Side Project, Australian Academy of Design, Curated by Michael Peck, Melbourne

2013

Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gertrude Studios 2013, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
City of Albany Art Prize, Albany Town Hall, Western Australia
Vivid Memories – An Aboriginal Art History, Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
In the Public Interest, curated by Leon Vab de Graaff and Victor Griss, Counihan Gallery, Moreland
Trust the 2%, site specific commission, My Country I still Call Australia Home – Contemporary Art from
Black Australia, Queensland Art Gallery-Gallery of Modern Art,

2012

Gertrude Studios Artists Exhibition, Gertrude Contemporary, Fitzroy
Passing Parade, Curated by Joel Mu, Alaska Projects, Sydney
Omission, Curated by Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne
Signal 8: Storm, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
Archibald Prize Finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy

2011

Linden Innovators Program, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne
Gallery Salihara, in conjunction with the Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia
WATTLE, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

2010

Signal 8, Salon Show, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
Bingo Night in the Promised Land, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Australian Pavilion Shanghai, World Expo Shanghai, (Victorian representative)
The Grass is Greener, Paradise Hills Gallery Melbourne
White Hot, dianne tanzer gallery + projects, Melbourne

2009

Nothing out of the Ordinary, curated by Lisa Keen + Olivia Poloni, Nellie Castan Gallery,
Melbourne
Environments: The Printmaking Summer Residency, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne
Octopus 9 – I Forget to Forget, curated by Stephen Gilchrist (NGV),
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
Rapprochement, curated by Reko Rennie, Manningham Gallery, Victoria

2008

Anonymous Drawings #9, Blutenweiss, Berlin
Gulpa Ngarwul, Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne
Victorian Indigenous Art Awards – Finalist and Winner Boscia Gallery
Exhibition Launch, PaRing Gallery, KPMG Melbourne
Melbourne International Stencil Festival, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford
Black & White – Advance Australia Fair?, Famous When Dead, West Melbourne
Black & White with Shades of Grey, Pigment Gallery, Melbourne
Small Works 2008, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne
Indigenous Bayside Perspectives, Bayside City Council, Melbourne
Moving Images – Images of Reconcilation, Manningham Gallery, Victoria
Famous When Dead, Famous When Dead, Melbourne
Linden Postcard Show, LINDEN Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda

2007

Nguurramban: From Where We Are – curated by Jirra Lulla Harvey, LINDEN Centre
for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda
Melbourne International Stencil Festival - Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Perth
Eastbank Centre, Shepparton
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat
Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, Koorie Heritage Trust

Commisions / Public Sculpture

2017

Visible Invisible, Lyon Housemuseum, Kew, Australia

2016

The Standard Hotel, Down Town and West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Urban Art Projects, New Quay, Melbourne
The Light in Winter, Federation Square, Melbourne
Vivid Sydney, Opera House Sails, Sydney
White Night, Federation Square, Melbourne
St Art Foundation, Delhi, India

2015

Arbory, Arbory Bar and Eatery, Melbourne, Australia

2014

Once Upon a Time in the West, Form Gallery, Western Australia

2012

LIMS Sculptures, La Trobe University, Bundoora
Streetware, ‘Always was, always will be’ City of Sydney, Sydney
Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum, Virginia, USA
‘REMEMBER ME’, 5 X 5 Project, Washington DC, USA
OA NDN, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, USA

2011

Melbourne Laneways Commission, Cocker Alley

2010

Open Weekend, Public Programme, Art Gallery of New South Wales
The 3CR Mural Project 2010, funded by Arts Victoria and the Victorian Government
through the Community Support Fund, the City of Yarra and JBSeed
Boyd Street School/Studio Commission, City of Melbourne

Prizes / Grants / Residences

2015

National Indigenous Art Awards - Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts, Australia

2014

Asialink Residency,Cemeti Art House, Yogjakarta, Indonesia

2013

City of Albany Art Prize winner for ‘Bunbury Street’
Gertrude Contemporary, Artist Studio Residency, Melbourne

2012

University of NSW, Centre of Fine Art, Print Residency with Cicada Press, Sydney
Gertrude Contemporary, Artist Studio Residency, Melbourne

2011

Australia Council New Work Grant

2010

Residency – Le M.U.R. association, Mural, Paris on rue St Maur and rue Oberkampf
Short Listed - 2010 The Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery
Short Listed – Sunshine Coast Art Prize
Finalist – 27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award

2009

Residency - Cite Internationale des Artes, Australia Council, Paris
Finalist – Royal Bank Scotland Emerging Artist Award (formerly ABN AMBRO Award)
Arts Grant - City of Port Phillip

2008

Winner - Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, Boscia Gallery, Melbourne
Highly Commended - Gumbri: White Dove, by NGV Indigenous Curator