Renata Buziak - Biography

Renata Buziak (PhD) is a photo-media artist, educator and researcher, who is passionate about physically engaging nature and organic processes in her interdisciplinary art practice. Since 2007 Renata has been engaged as a Sessional Academic at the Queensland College of Art Griffith University, she also currently teaches photography at QUT and USC.

Renata’s art practice builds on alternative and experimental photography, includes intercultural and art-science research, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. For over a decade she has been developing an image making process- the biochrome, by fusing organic and photographic materials. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, received a number of art awards, and features in private and public collections.

Renata Buziak - Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2011 – 2016 Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University, QLD

2002 – 2006  Bachelor of Photography with First Class Honours, QCA

SELECTED EMPLOYMENT and EXPERIENCE HISTORY
Academic
2016 – current: Sessional Academic (Lecturer & Tutor), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Creative Industries Faculty

2019 Sessional Academic (Tutor), University of the Sunshine Coast
2007 – 2020: Photography (Tutor & Lecturer), Sessional Academic, Queensland College of Art (QCA) Griffith University, South Bank Brisbane QLD

Arts Industry

2006 – Present: Artist, Self Employed

2017 – 2018: Visitor Experience Team member (Engagement and Learning), Casual position, Museum of Brisbane QLD. 2017 Alumni Internship, Griffith University Art Museum, South Bank QLD

2016 – 2017 Advisory Working Group member and exhibition co-curator, Art in Soil art-science art residencies, Soil Science Australia initiative, QLD

2006 – 2016: Management Board Member (Secretary), Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP)

2009 – 2011: Photography Department Administrative Officer, Part-Time Position, QCA Griffith University 

2008 – 2009: Marketing/Art Consultant, Casual Position, Queensland Centre for Photography, Bulimba QLD 

2007  – 2009: Gallery Manager, Casual Position, Higher Art Gallery, Paddington QLD

2008  Family Album project co-designer and workshops facilitator, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Out of the Box Festival, South Bank QLD

2008 Assistant to Curator, Joel Fine Art Auction House and Gallery, Paddington QLD

2006 – 2008: Activity Assistant Children’s Art Centre, Casual Position, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) QLD 

2004 – 2008: Voluntary Staff Member, Casual Position, Queensland Centre for Photography, Bulimba QLD

PUBLICATIONS

2020 (Coming up) Buziak, Renata & Kelleher, Vicki. 2020. “Reshaping the Landscape: Art and Science in Collaboration”. In Using the Visual and Performing Arts to Encourage Pro-Environmental Behaviour. Proceedings of the 3rd National EcoArts Australis Conference. Ed. David Curtis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
(Coming up) Buziak, Renata. 2020. “Linden tree : Tilia cordata”. In The Mind of Plants. Ed. Monica Gagliano, Patricia Vieira & John Charles Ryan

2017 Buziak, Renata. 2016. “A Visual Metaphor for the Transformative Action of Medicinal Plants”. In Building Sustainability with the Arts. Proceedings of the 2nd National EcoArts Australis Conference. Ed. David Curtis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017, pp. 329-348

2016 Buziak, Renata. 2016. “Art, healing and local medicinal plants of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)”. In Brisbane Diseased: Contagions, Cures and Controversies. Edited by Alana Piper. Salisbury, Qld. Boolarong Press, 2016, pp. 193-2013

2015 Biochromes: Perceptions of Australian Medicinal Plants through Experimental Photography, PhD Exegesis, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, September 2015. Supervisors: Associate Prof Marian Drew, Dr Rosemary Hawker

2014 Studio Research Journal, Buziak, Renata. 2014. “Biochromes and Healing Plants: Transdisciplinary Studio Research”, Studio Research Journal, Issue #2, July 2014, pp. 44-55

2010 Garnons-Williams, Victoria. 2010. Renata Buziak Afterimage, Queensland Centre for Photography, South Brisbane

CONFERENCES

2020 (Coming up) The Aesthetics of Decay: Creative Modes of Destruction, International Conference, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford UK. “Organic decomposition as an alternative method of visually representing plant specimens’ characteristics”, paper presentation

 

2019 Using the visual and performing arts to encourage pro-environmental behaviour, EcoArts Australis 3rd National Conference, Wollongong, NSW. The Wrong Kind of Beauty visual art and video installation

2018 Evoking a public dialogue on soil: The Art in Soil Initiative, European Geoscience Union General Assembly, paper presentation, co-authored: John McLean Bennett, Carol Schwarzman, Renata Buziak, Vienna Austria
Unfolding Rhythms, Interdisciplinary Installation, International Ecoacoustics Congress, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University: Associate Prof Vanessa Tomlinson, Dr Renata Buziak

2016 Building Sustainability with the Arts, EcoArts Australis 2nd National Conference, Wollongong, NSW. A Visual Metaphor for the Transformative Action of Medicinal Plants poster
Land Dialogues Interdisciplinary Conference, delegate, Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga NSW, and Land Dialogues group exhibition at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

2014 The 29th International Horticultural Congress, Art and Science solo exhibition, Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, QLD Queensland Festival of Photography 5 International Conference: Photography and Fictions, paper presentation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD

2013 Balance-Unbalance International Conference: art + science x technology= environment/responsibility, Noosa QLD 

2012 Cultural Research Postgraduate Symposium, paper presentation, Griffith University, Gold Coast QLD.

Positive Feedback Loop: Conference for Creative Collaboration, paper presentation and group exhibition, QCA Griffith University, South Bank QL

Postgraduate Mini Conference, presentation, QCA Griffith University, South Bank QLD

Abbreviated Artist CV
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 Granite Belt Wildflowers: Out of Oblivion, POP Gallery, Brisbane QLD

2019 Granite Belt Wildflowers: Out of Oblivion, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, QLD

Medicinal Plant Cycles V, Artworx Gallery USQ, Toowoomba, QLD

2018 Kontinuum roślin leczniczych, Neon Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw Poland

Medicinal Plant Cycles IV, Roma on Bungil Gallery, Roma, QLD 2017 reveal, Onespace Gallery, Highgate Hill, QLD

Medicinal Plant Cycles III, WM Gallery, Amsterdam the Netherlands

Medicinal Plant Cycles II, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney NSW

2016 The Healing Ribbon, Quandamooka Festival, Photography Gallery, North Stradbroke Island

Medicinal Plant Cycles, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland QLD

Unfolding Rhythm II, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, QLD 

2015 Medicinal Plant Cycles, POP Gallery, Woolloongabba QLD 2014 Ogród, Hayward Fine Art, Algester QLD

Unfolding Rhythms, Queensland Festival of Photography 5 (QFP5), The Hold Art Space, West End 

2013 Biochromes: North Stradbroke Island Flora, North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, 

Lines in the Sand Art Festival, Dunwich, QLD

Afterimage, ANCA Gallery, Canberra ACT

Work in progress, White Box Gallery, QCA Griffith University, South Bank QLD

2012 Biochromes, Clovely Estate, Red Hill QLD

2011 Absence, Ivory 24/7, Artisan, Fortitude Valley QLD

Renata Buziak Biochromes, The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, Sydney NSW Absence, Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP), South Bank QLD

Afterimage, Red Gallery, Fitzroy VIC

Renata Buziak Biochromes, Club 88, Level 7 QCA, Griffith University, Brisbane QLD

2010 Marine Cove, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine QLD Biochromes, Polonia Milton QLD 2009 Afterimage, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane QLD

COLLABORATIONS

2020 Listening is a form of Healing, multidisciplinary collaborative installation, scheduled for October 2020 for Voices of Nature AELA National Exhibition, Vacant Assembly, West End QLD

 

2019-20 In Transitions, exhibition & performance scheduled Oct 2020, Redlands Performing Art Centre, Cleveland QLD 

2018 (July) Piano Bloom, Bloom Collective, 8th International Ephemeral Art Festival, Sokolowsko, Poland

April: Piano Bloom, Bloom Collective, Wilsons Downfall, NSW

2017 The Refuge of Rhythm @BrisAsia Festival, Brisbane City Hall performance, QLD

2015, 2016 and 2017 performances and exhibitions @The Piano Mill Project, Wilsons Downfall, NSW 2015 Habitat: Artworks & Stories of Pine Rivers Gardens, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, QLD

2013 & 2014 Lines in the Sand Arts Festival and Artistic Residency, North Stradbroke Island QLD 

2013 Doves With Me: Sharka Bosakova & Renata Buziak, Artisan, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Sharka Bosakova + Renata Buziak: fashion + photography, Logan Art Gallery, Logan, QLD

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2018 Artist in Residence Science Program, collaborative residency, Bloom Collective, Ecoscience Precinct Brisbane, QLD 

2016-17 Flickering Overtones, Harrigans Lane Projects, Willson Downfalls, NSW

2016 Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives (BigCi) Blue Mountains NSW

2014 Hot Island, Lines in the Sand Arts Festival, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island QLD

100 Futures: Now! Kelvin Grove State College, QLD

2013 Nature First, Lines in the Sand Arts Festival, Artist in Residence, including solo exhibition, outdoor installation, artist talk, and outdoor collaborative performance Enrapt, Point Lookout and Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island QLD

2012 TreeLine: People, Art, Science, Nature, Residency School Programs & Exhibition (several workshops with primary and high schools students, and artists-students exhibition), Maleny, Kawana and Caloundra, Sunshine Coast QLD 

2006 Botanica: Australian Native Plants, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Ten months Artist-in- Residence & Exhibition, Brisbane QLD

Two-person exhibitions

2015 Habitat: Artworks & Stories of Pine Rivers Gardens, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, QLD 

2013 Doves With Me: Sharka Bosakova & Renata Buziak, Artisan, Fortitude Valley QLD

Sharka Bosakova + Renata Buziak: fashion + photograph

2011 UNDER_SCORED, Juggler’s Art Space, Fortitude Valley QLD

2010 Untamed Gardens, The Wandering Room, Qld Festival for Photography, South Bank QLD 

2007 Walter Stahl + Renata Buziak, Joel Fine Art, Paddington QLD

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

2020 Medicinal Plant Cycles as an outdoor exhibition for the HeadOn Festival Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW 

2019 Fresh Eyes: New Landscapes of the Moreton Bay Region, Pine Rivers Art Gallery QLD

Postcard Salon 2019, JARVIS DOONEY Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Brisbane International Arts Festival, SunPAC Sunnybank QLD 

2018 live Fringe Arts Bath, Festival, Bath UK

Loud & Luminous, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne VIC

ngulalma ngalinda – because of her we can Arts Project, Mitchell QLD

(August) Art meets Science, Ecoscience Precinct, Brisbane QLD

(October) RONA18 National Exhibition, AELA Earth Arts Collective, Spring Hill Reservoir QLD (December) PolArt Festival, Brisbane QLQ

2017 Planetary Gardening, PhotoAccess, Manuka Arts Centre, Canberra ACT

Scenes of our city: Gadens Brisbane Collection, Museum of Brisbane, QLD

Nature Morte – Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life, National Museum in Wrocław, Poland

2016 Plenty, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm QLD

Land Dialogues, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW

2015 Nature studied: Trees, plants, gardens, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton WA Float, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm QLD

Cast By The Sun, The Hold Artspace, West End QLD & Temple University, Philadelphia USA

 

2014 Ars Polonia 4th International Biennale, The Opole Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole Poland

Tabor and Český Krumlov Projections, Husite Museum in Tabor, UMAUMA Gallery in Tabor, Kotnov Urban Festival, Czech Republic

Flux, Hot Island Lines in the Sand Arts Festival, North Stradbroke Island QLD

2013 Enrapt Performance, Nature First Lines in the Sand Art Festival, North Stradbroke Island QLD

The Art of Diversity, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD

The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition – multiple locations, internationally traveling artist books exhibition

2012 Biochromes, National Science Week, EcoSciences Precinct, Dutton Park QLD

TreeLine: People, Art, Science, Nature, Caloundra Regional Gallery QLQ

Shared Vision… Wspólna Wizja…, traveling through Poland: Galeria Sanocka, Sanok; Studio Marmalada, Warsaw; Galeria Kobro, Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź; Galeria Zajezdnia, UMSC Lublin

Capturing Light – New Directions in Photography, Retrospect Galleries Byron Bay, NSW

2011 Voicing Concerns, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane QLD

Three Corners of the Con, Projection/Music/Dance, Queensland Conservatorium of Music UNDER_SCORED, Juggler’s Art Space, Fortitude Valley QLD

2010 Synchronicity – Contemporary Queensland Photography, Redcliff City Art Gallery, QLD

Inside the Collection, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland QLD

Photo LA, International Photographic Art Exposition, Los Angeles USA

Linear Progressions National Science Week, QUT Gardens Point QLD & Federation Square VIC Subterranea, Mundaring Arts Centre (MAC), Mundaring, WA

GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

2019 The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) in partnership with the Queensland Government and Redland City Council (In Transitions collaboration).

2018 Queensland Government through Arts Queensland: Queensland Arts Showcase Program (Polish Meadows exhibition at PolArt Festival 2018)

2017 Arts Queensland’s Individuals Fund (Solo international exhibition in Amsterdam)

2013 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Moreton Bay Regional Council (Habitat project) 

2011 Australian Postgraduate Award (PhD)

2010 Arts Queensland Career Development Grant (Afterimage Publication)

2008 NAVA Janet Holmes a Court Artists’ Grant (Exhibition)

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019 becoming-Botanical, Ed. John Armstrong, Alexandra Lakind, Forward: Chessa Adsit-Morris Objet-a Creative Studio, Glasgow, Scotland

Art, Science, and Nature’s Day-to-Day Miracles, Carol Schwarzman, Granite Belt Wildflowers: Out of Oblivion exhibition catalogue, April 2019

2018 The Piano Mill, Uro Publications, Fitzroy, VIC

2017 Renata Buziak Medicianl Plant Cycles, GUP International Photography Magazine, Issue 55, The Netherlands, pp.120-131

Nature Continually Ablaze: Renata Buziak’s Medicinal Plant Cycles, Daniel Pateman, exhibition review, 

London Photography Diary March 2017, & Eyeline Publishing, Issue 87, September 2017, QLD

Renata Buziak Self Portraiture from the Solitary Performance, Louise Martin-Chew, Onespace QLD

2016 ABC TV Gardening Australia: My Garden Path: Renata Buziak

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s4501916.htm

Unfolding Rhythms II, Carol Schwarzman, exhibition review, Artilink Magazine August 2016

2015 Knowing and Knowledge: The Interdisciplinary Research of Visual Artist Renata Buziak, Dr Victoria Cooper,

Medicinal Plants Cycles exhibition catalogue, October 2015

Cast by the Sun, Donal Fitzpatrick & Stephanie Lynn Rogers, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University / Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 2015, pp. 10, 16-17

Presence and Boundaries in the Garden, Dr Stephen Hobson, Habitat Exhibition Catalogue, pp. 2-3

Habitat exhibition review, Gordon Craig, LUCIDA magazine, August 2015

 

The Absolute Authority of Authenticity, Simon Marsh, Panoptic Press, Jan 2015

Habitat exhibition review, Gordon Craig, LUCIDA magazine, August 2015

The Absolute Authority of Authenticity, Simon Marsh, Panoptic Press, Jan 2015

Renata Buziak Biochromes, Artist Talk /Vanessa Tomlinson/Time-lapse Videos, Panoptic Press, YouTube

2014 Ogród, Louise Martin-Chew, Hayward Fine Art exhibition catalogue, 31 October 2014 

Aesthetic Essence of the Biochromes, Prof Ross Woodrow, Unfolding Rhythms, April 2014

2013 Renata Buziak Afterimage Book Review, Dr Anne Kirker, Art Monthly, June 2013, p. 52

Renata Buziak – Afterimage: how memories decompose, Ass Prof Marian Drew, Artalmanac, 30 April

2013 Renata Buziak Afterimage, Unless you will (UYW), Issue 24, January 2013, pp. 116-137

2011 AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY AND GALLERY COMPENDIUM 2011, Daylight Productions, pp. 88-89

COLLECTIONS

The Macquarie Group NSW, Redland Art Gallery Qld, Queensland Centre for Photography, Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, Mater Hospital Qld, Queensland Children’s Hospital Qld, Southbank Corporation QLd, Sunsuper Qld, Gadens Lawyers Qld, Thiess Pty Ltd Qld, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, University of Queensland, Brisbane Grammar School, Griffith University Gold Coast, UMCS University Lublin Poland, Academy of Fine Art Warsaw Poland, The National Museum Wrocław Poland, The Americas Biennial Exhibition Archive, private collections.

SELECTED PRIZES AND AWARDS

2015 Blue Flask. Pictorial Value of Photography 1914/2014, Finalist, The National Museum in Wrocław Poland. 

2014 Moreton Bay Art Awards 2014, Finalist, Pine Rivers Art Gallery QLD.

2012 ACTS Sustainability Photo Competition, 3rd place, 12th International ACTS Conference, South Brisbane QLD.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2012, Finalist, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) 

Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)

Golden Key International Honour Society

Viscopy

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