Guy Maestri (b. 1974, Australia) is known for his highly textural, expressive works that explore the painted materiality, gesture and observation. Although he is noted for his plein air paintings and strong connection to the Australian landscape, Maestri also employs still-life and portraiture to investigate the conventions of painting. Recently, he has been producing self-portraits rendered in painted sculptured bronze.
In 2009, Maestri won the prestigious Archibald Prize, Australia’s major portraiture award. He has also been awarded the 2014 Kings School Art Prize (Australia) and the 2013 Premier’s Plein Air Painting Prize (Australia). He is a regular finalist in the Wynne Prize for Landscape at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia). His works are collected widely, including institutions such as National Portrait Gallery (Australia), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia), Art Gallery of South Australia, Fubon Art Foundation (Taiwan), amongst others.