Michael Staniak (b. 1982, Melbourne) earned a BFA and an MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne; as well as a BA from Middle Tennessee State University in Digital Media Communications. He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015); Eduardo Secci, Florence (2018); Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017); Annarumma Gallery, Naples (2015); and Station Gallery, Melbourne (2017). His work has been included in group shows at various institutions including The Moving Museum’s Istanbul project (2014); Kunsthalle Vienna (2014 & 2015); Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2016); Centro Cultural Sao Paulo (2017/18); Blain Southern, London and Berlin (2015, 2016); The Hole, New York (2014, 2015); Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen (2017); and The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn (2017). His work has been reviewed in Artforum, FlashArt Italian Edition, Leap Beijing, and Vault, and has been featured in publications such as Feelings: Soft Art (Skira Rizzoli, NewYork); Australiana to Zeitgeist: an A-Z of Australian Contemporary Art (Thames and Hudson, London) and Postdigital Artisans (Frame, Amsterdam). The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis published a monograph of his work in 2017 titled _IMG. He lives and works in Melbourne.