Ray Monde, born 1971, grew up in Burrell Creek, a dairying region on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Completing a Bachelor of Arts at Charles Sturt University in 1994, 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 Braidwood on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales to work as an artist full-time.
Monde works primarily in mixed media, collage and synthetic polymer paint, to create heavily textured works. There’s a sense of destruction and rebirth in his works as he destroys old advertisements to create new artworks.
Monde’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 show Dry your Tears, Stur Gallery 2014, and It’s for your own good, M16 Artspace, delved into the childhood experiences that shape our lives as adults. In 2018 Monde exhibited Over the back fence with Michael Reid Murrurundi, looking into the private-public lives of suburban gothic landscapes.
Monde was a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2017, finalist Wyndham Art Prize 2017/18 and Gold Coast Art Prize, 2015.