Ray Monde grew up in Burrell Creek, a dairying region in Australia. Completing a Bachelor of Arts he worked in advertising as a copywriter in London, New York and Sydney. Following studies at the National Arts School in 2012, he moved to the small rural town of Braidwood to work as an artist full-time. In 2020, Ray relocated to Seattle to set up his practice in the Good Arts Building on Cherry Street, Pioneer Square.
Ray works primarily in mixed media, collage and synthetic polymer paint, to create bright heavily textured works. There’s a sense of destruction and rebirth in his works as he destroys old advertisements to create new artworks.
Ray’s work explore themes of persecution, isolation and redemption. His first exhibition at Tap Gallery, A Dingo Ate My Baby, 2012, charted the media sideshow surrounding the death of Azaria Chamberlain. His solo shows Dry your Tears and It’s for your own good delved into the childhood experiences that shape our lives as adults.
In 2018 Ray was part of Group Show, Coarse Stories at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, his first institution show. In 2019 Ray exhibited Backyard Summer looking into the private-public lives of suburban gothic landscapes.
Ray’s most-recent work takes a modern twist on traditional Chinese landscape painting. He was commissioned by the Alliance for Pioneer Square to create a 56 foot wide panoramic mural on Occidental Square. In 2020, Ray is exhibited After the Fires at Purple Noon Gallery created through the generosity of the Veolia Creative Arts Scholarship.
In March 2022, Ray will have a solo exhibition What the Wayfarer Saw at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.
Ray’s work is in private collections in Australia, USA, UK and UAE.