(b. 1954, Melbourne, Vic)
Siv Grava studied at Victoria College of the Arts, achieving her BA (Fine Arts) Painting in 1981 and gaining her Grad Dip Ed in 1982 through Melbourne State College. Siv has held major solo exhibitions and featured in many group shows across Australia. A multiple prize winner, Siv Grava was awarded the 1980 Painting Prize at Victorian College of the Arts. She is also a past winner of the prestigious Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Having concentrated her skills to become a highly commended figurative and landscape painter, a recent review acknowledged her impressive new work, '...she has arrived at a high plateau, and there are glimpses of more exciting directions to follow...' (Adam Dutkiewicz, The Adelaide Advertiser) Her sensitive portrayals of women in the series Slipping Away, are painted in a photo-realist style in loose washes of colour. Her depictions of coastal cliffscapes around the Great Australian Bight are wonderful reflections of atmosphere. Movement, light and shade are captured where monumental stones rest between a luminous ocean and sky. Siv lives and works in South Australia dividing her time between the coastal town of Elliston and the hauntingly beautiful Andamooka opal fields.