Ray Monde lives and works between Braidwood, Australia and Seattle, United States of America. Paper has been his obsession since childhood when he plastered his bedroom wall with cutouts from glossy magazines on the family farm near Taree.
After a successful career in advertising in Sydney, London and New York, Monde returned to his fascination with paper which shapes his practice today. He works across a variety of mediums including collage, drawing, painting and multimedia.
Monde’s primary technique involves hand-tearing and over-painting fragments of paper sourced from magazines. These elements are layered into detailed compositions that speak to the artist’s relationship with the physical and emotional landscapes that surround him. In 2022, Monde held his first major solo exhibition at a public gallery with What the Wayfarer Saw.
Monde has recently been a finalist in the Blake Prize (2022, 2020), Paddington Art Prize (2021), Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2020) and National Works on Paper Prize (2020).
Monde has exhibited widely and his works are held in collections in Australia and internationally.