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Robin Eley was born in 1978 in London, England.


In 1981 his family migrated to Australia where he completed his secondary education. In 1997 he moved to the United States where he would attend Westmont College, earning a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art in 2001.

Eley’s solo exhibitions include Loss/Less (2017) and Prism (2014) in Los Angeles, and Idolatry (2013) and Singularity (2012) in Australia.

Group exhibitions include In the Flesh (2014) at the National Portrait Gallery in Australia, 21st Century Hyperrealism at the Daejeon Museum of Art in South Korea, BMG First Look (2013) at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York, and Journeys at the Ridley Tree Museum of Art in California (2012).

Eley has been a finalist in numerous Australian art prizes, most notably Runner Up (2010) and Highly Commended (2011) in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the world’s richest prize for portraiture. In 2014 he received the judges award for curated artists at the Fort Wayne Realism Biennial. In addition, he has also been a finalist in the Archibald Prize (2012), the Eutick Memorial Still Life Art Prize (2010, 2012) and the Nora Heysen Still Life Art Award (2011). In 2012 he was the recipient of an International Presentation Grant from Arts SA which enabled him to accept an invitation to travel to the United States to exhibit his work in California.

His work is held in numerous private art collections and public institutions around the world.

Eley currently works and resides in Los Angeles, California. 



Robin Eley

b. 1978

Solo Exhibitions

Loss/Less, 101/EXHIBIT, Los Angeles, USA
Prism, 101/EXHIBIT, Los Angeles, USA
Idolatry, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Singularity, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

Group Exhibitions

Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA, USA
Market Art + Design, Hamptons NY, USA
Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA, USA
21st Century Hyperrealism, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea
Hyperrealism: To See, To Show, To Be Seen, Suwon I Park Museum of Art, Suwon, South Korea
Hyperrealism Group Exhibition, Clayarch Gimhae Museum of Art, South Korea
In the Flesh, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
Contemporary Realism Biennial (Invitational Artist), Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana, USA
Side Project, Academy of Design Australia, Melbourne, Australia
Salon de Refusés (Juried Selection), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Fleurieu Art Prize (Finalist), South Australia
Koi No Yokan, 101/exhibit, Los Angeles, USA
BMG First Look, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, USA
Archibald Prize (Finalist), Art Gallery of NSW and touring regional Australia, Sydney, Australia
Journeys, Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA
Chinese Australia, Ausin Tung Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Eutick Memorial Still Life Art Prize (Finalist), Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, Australia
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (Highly Commended), State Library of NSW and touring, Sydney, Australia
Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize for Still Life (Finalist), Adelaide, Australia
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (Runner Up), State Library of NSW and touring, Sydney, Australia
Eutick Memorial Still Life Art Prize (Finalist), Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and touring, Coffs Harbour, Australia
Royal South Australian Society of the Arts Spring Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia


2014 Contemporary Realism Biennial, Juror Invitational Merit Award
2012 Arts SA International Presentation Grant
2011 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Highly Commended
2010 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Runner Up
2010 RSASA Star Portraits Winner
2008 Rip It Up Emerging Artist Award


2012 Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA

Professional Appointments

2012 Director, The Art Academy, South Australia
2011 Mentor, Jump Mentoring Program, Australia Council for the Arts
2010 Lecturer part-time, Visual Communications, University of South Australia


Westmont College, Santa Barbara CA, USA
Bachelor of Arts, Major in Fine Art


Brett Williamson, ABC News, January 2017
Richard Purssey, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, September 2015
Yvonne Beck, Prestige Magazine, Spring 2015
Maxwell Williams, Artsy, October 2014
Susan Michals, Huffington Post, October 2014
Catherine Clifton, Face Painter, Adelaide Matters, August 2012
Ian Cuthbertson, No circus, just a prized lineup, Ex. Review, The Australian, April 2011
Samela Harris, Look But Don’t Touch, Ex. Review, The Advertiser, February 2012
Samela Harris, Featured Artist, Robin Eley, Singularity, The Week, Feburary 2012
Samela Harris, A Brush with Fame, The Advertiser, April 2011
Jane Llewellyn, Art Wrap: Robin Eley, Idolatry, Ex. Preview, Art Collector, April 2013
Melissa Mack, Singularity, Ex. Review, InDaily, February 2012
Patrick McDonald, A Timely Portrait, The Advertiser, August 2010
Sam Parker, Robin Eley’s Amazing Hyper Realistic Nudes, The Huffington Post UK, November 2011
Christopher Sanders, Robin Eley, The Adelaide Review, July 2012
Sheree Terrell, Big Picture, The Adelaide Magazine, August 2008
Josef Woodard, Journeys, Ex. Review, Santa Barbara News Press USA, October 2012
Eddie Wren, She is an Oil Painting, Daily Mail UK, October 2012
About Town: Hill Smith Gallery, The Australian Financial Review, February 2012
BMG First Look, Ex. Review,, January 2013

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