Mike Maka is primarily a painter who works in a variety of media, mainly on walls, canvas and illustration on paper. He has travelled and created work around the world, painting the Berlin Wall to the River Ganges. At 20, he received a scholarship to study art in New York, which lead to working as a bike messenger for 10 years in 10 cities, and leaving his mark on many walls. An active member of Everfresh Studio since 2006, Mike has exhibited extensively through Australia as well as group shows in Brazil, Japan, Miami and New York, and has works in private and public collections locally and abroad, including aquisitions by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, as well as working in institutions such as National Gallery of Victoria and MONA Tasmania.
His artwork captures a world in which the natural forces fight back against humanity, reclaiming the earth from the uncaring advance of civilisation. Focusing on the friction point between man, beast and machine, Maka presents a message to mankind to step foot outside of the concrete jungle and reconnect with mother nature and the animal in all of us.
He is based in Melbourne Australia, but has been known to wander in other dimensions.
2013 ’Revolutions’ – The Tate Gallery, Glebe, Sydney
2012 ’Cycles’ – House of Bricks, Collingwood, Melbourne
2011 ‘Mother of Millions’ – No Vacancy Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne
2010 ‘Makanikal Gardens’ – Hogan Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne
2012 – – AWOA (A Word of Art ) , 4 weeks residency, Capetown, South Africa
MONA Tasmania – MOFO Faux Mo Event Artist – Painting + Installations
Maldives Street Art Festival – Inaugural event participant + exhibition in National Gallery.
Miami Art Basel – 4 x Muralist, Wynwood Embassy Exhibition + Allapattah Uninhibited Collective
Mexico – Major Mural Playa del Carmen
Gold Coast Arts Centre – Large Scale mural on Exterior wall
City of Melbourne Greening Laneway Project – Featured Artist for 2 lanes
Release of Retrospective Book “In Ten Cities” 152 pages of colourful global adventures.
Everfresh Blackbook Launch Exhibition – Melbourne , Sydney + Tokyo
National Gallery of Australia – Space Invader Exhibition, acquired for Permanent Collection Acquisition. Live-Painting at event.
National Gallery of Victoria – Federation Square Melbourne, Everfresh Inaugural Exhibition in Project Space.
National Gallery of Victoria – ‘Board’ Skate Culture Exhibition
Outpost-Cockatoo Island , Sydney Harbour,Project Artist for event.
Benalla Wall to Wall Mural festival.
Semi-Permanent- 1000 Pound Bend – Group Show
Arnhem Land Yirrkala – Multiple Murals, integration projects with local Rirratjingu Elders.
Coffs Harbour November Reign – Mural Festival
Melbourne Zoo – Reptile Centre Mural.
Melbourne Airport -International Departure Immigration Hall Mural
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia –3 story commissioned mural in a World Heritage zone.
Laneway Festival -Melbourne – Featured Live Mural Art
Rainbow Serpent Festival -Multiple Stages Decor Artist/Designer/ Gallery
Essencia – 5 day event, Murals in all 4 zones and exhibition- Matilha Gallery, Sao Paulo.
Graffiti Vale Mural Festival – Paraibuna, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Flutu Arte – Floating Art – Project Artist – Urca, Botafogo, Rio de Janiero. Brazil
ACASA – Curitiba Brasil – Group Show
New York City – Major Mural Bedford Ave Williamsburg, Bushwick Collective + SuperChief Gallery Exhibitions Brooklyn.
New Jersey Savage Habbit Mural Zone
Singapore – Australian High Commission- Diplomatic Anniversary Gift of 50 murals
French Cable Series – Featured Artist on show ‘Seth Global Painter’
ARTE – German Documentary – Cities by the Sea Featured Artist.
No Vacancy Gallery Federation Square – 5 year Retrospective Exhibition.
Newcastle – ‘Off the Wall’ Street Art Festival.
- Off the Wall Street Art Festival, Newcastle
Fringe Festival Group Show- This is Melbourne –- Bella Union Gallery
Madrid Spain 7 Deadly Sins Exhibition- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Hungary Budapest –Millenáris Street Games.
Long View Winery Label Competition Winner – Adelaide Hills
+ many more group shows and events, email me for a full list.