Zilinsky is an obsessive and reclusive painter. Her work explores the grotesque, absurd and tragic aspects of human nature through narrative imagery, and has been painting social and political work for several decades.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had works in major prizes including the Darling Prize (National Portrait Gallery of Australia), Sulman Prize (AGNSW), Archibald Prize - Salon de Refuses, Kilgour Prize (Newcastle Art Gallery), Rick Amor Self-Portrait Prize and Muswellbrook Regional Art Prize to name a few.

In 2020 Zilinsky was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Art Award, the most prestigious art prize for women in Australia. She was also the recipient of the Evelyn Chapman Art Award which is scheduled to exhibit in mid-2022.

BORN 1978

2004: Master of Fine Arts (Painting) UNSW
2001: Master of Art (Photomedia) UNSW
2000: BFA (Honours) USyd
1996 - 1999: Bachelor of Fine Arts UNSW

2021: Portia Geach Memorial Award, S H Ervin Gallery
2021: Archibald Prize, Salon De Refuses, S H Ervin Gallery
2021: Ravenswood Womens Art Prize, Sydney
2020: Winner. Evelyn Chapman Art Award.
2020: Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery
2020: Winner. Portia Geach Memorial Award, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2020: SBS Portrait Prize, Mornington VIC
2020: Darling Portrait Prize National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2019: Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Semi finalist
2019: Naked and Nude Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree
2019: Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize, S H Ervin Gallery
2019: Archibald Prize, Salon des Refuses, S. H. Ervin Gallery
2019: Finalist, Delphian Gallery Open Call, Delphian Gallery, London UK
2018: Portia Geach Portrait Prize, S. H. Ervin Gallery
2018: Plein Air Prize, NSW Parliament House
2018: Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery
2018: Bluethumb Art Prize, Melbourne
2018: Arte Laguna International Prize (Painting), Arsenale Venice, Italy
2017: Portia Geach Portrait Prize, S. H. Ervin Gallery
2017: Rick Amor Self-Portrait Prize, Montsalvat, Melbourne
2017: Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery
2017: Sulman Prize, AGNSW
2017: Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery
2015: Semi-Finalist. Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2013: Third Prize + People's Choice Award, KAAF Art Award
2006: Blake Prize for Religious Art, Blake Exceptions, Rushcutters Bay Gallery
2004: Archibald Prize, Salon Des Refuses, S. H. Ervin Gallery
2003: Portia Geach Portrait Prize, S. H. Ervin Gallery
2002: Winner. Norvill National Prize for Australian Landscape Painting, Murrurundi
2002: Norvill National Prize for Australian Landscape Painting, Murrurundi
2002: Wynne Prize, Salon Des Refuses, S. H. Ervin Gallery
1998: Photo-technica Young Photo Artist of the Year. Australian Centre for Photography
1995: Third place in NSW HSC 3 Unit Visual Arts

2020: Ghostlight, Nanda/Hobbs Project Space, Sydney
2020: TITANIC, Nanda/Hobbs Gallery, Sydney
2018: Spring Never Came, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2016: The Final Prayer, NSW Parliament House, Sydney
2009: Gentle Men, Adelaide Street Gallery, Murrurundi NSW
2006: The Memory Hole, SOHO Galleries, Sydney
2004: Loveless, SOHO Gallery, Sydney
2003: San Fransisco Dreaming, SOHO Gallery, Sydney

2009: United We Stand, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery

Sydney Morning Herald - (John MacDonald, 21/8/2020)
Daily Telegraph - (Elizabeth Fortescue, 13/8/2020)
Art Collector Magazine - (Erin Irwin, 14/8/2020) -
Art Almanac (14/8/2020) -
You Tube - Art Collector At Home With Caroline Zilinsky -
You Tube - Nanda Hobbs TITANIC -
Artist Profile -
Wasteland, A Survey of the Aesthetics of Sydney Suburbs (UNSW, 1999)
Dead or Alive, What does it matter when no-one is there? (UNSW, 2002)

2021: Small Works. Nanda Hobbs Gallery, Chippendale
2021: Place. Nanda Hobbs Gallery, Chippendale
2020: New Beginnings, Korea Australia Art Foundation, Sydney
2020: Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020
2020: The Vincent Prize, Duck Rabbit Gallery, Sydney
2019: The Bloom Show, Robin Gibson Gallery
2019: The Drawing Show, Robin Gibson Gallery
2018: Golden Repair, NSW Parliament House, Sydney
2018: Preview, Robin Gibson Gallery
2018: All We Can't See, Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne
2018: Year of the Dog group show, Robin Gibson Gallery
2017: Sulman Prize, AGNSW
2014: Korean Cultural Arts Exchange, KAAF, Seoul, Korea and Beijing, China
2012: Finite, KYH, Glebe
2011: Expedition, Valhalla, Glebe
2010: An Inordinate Pursuit of Patience, Beauwulf Gallery, Woollahra
2008: The Work of Women, Global Galley, Paddington
2004: The Breeding Ground, Francis Baker Smith Gallery, Surry Hills
2004: Muffled Dissonance, Kudos Gallery, Paddington
2004: Seductress, Beauwulf Gallery, Woollahra
2003: After Dark My Sweet, Kudos Gallery Paddington
2002: Annual Miniature Exhibition, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst
2002: Badness, TAP Gallery Darlinghurst
2001: College of Fine Arts Post-graduate Exhibition
2001: Exhibit A, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst
1996: Art Express, AGNSW

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