Phil Soliman was born in Sydney in 1981, grew up in Sydney.
In 2002 he completed a Bachelor of Multimedia with minors in Graphic Design and Television Production at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga).
In 2007 he travelled through China & Egypt, lived in Berlin for 10 months and Edinburgh for 12 months.
He became Director of Monstrosity Gallery in 2010, and collaborated with the City of Sydney and Sable and Argent Cycle Store to organise the inaugural Woolloomooloo Festival on Wheels.
He currently lives and works in Melbourne.
Feb 2013 Plato’s Rave, part of the Mardi Gras Cultural Festival Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
Sep 2012 Our love is underlined, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
Feb 2012 The Interior Orchestra, part of the Midsumma Festival Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
Nov 2011 Blow Up Sol Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney
Jan 2011 Surface Data, part of the Midsumma Festival Hogan Gallery, Melbourne
Jun 2010 Believe You/Me Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney
Jan 2010 The Universe is made of Nothing space|space, Sydney
Selected Group Exhibitions
Jan 2013 Midsumma Curated Exhibition: Energy from Stillness, Red Gallery, Melbourne
Nov 2012 Do you know Phil Soliman? mixed-media installation, with The Librarians artist collective (Michael Hawkins and Jacqueline Ball) Monster Valley Gallery, Auckland
Oct 2012 Do you know Phil Soliman? mixed-media installation, Coalesce artist collective Open Space Gallery, Melbourne
July 2012 I know live performance and multimedia installation, Gossard Project Space, RMIT
Apr 2012 TMI3372249 mixed-media installation, Gossard Project Space, RMIT
Jan 2012 Midsumma Curated Exhibition: Urban in Colour, 69 Smith St Gallery, Melbourne
Sep 2011 Uncanny Valley, part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, Hardware Gallery, Sydney
May 2011 Modern Windows, part of the Head On Photo Festival Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney
Mar 2011 Cut and Paste Polymorph Gallery, Sydney
Dec 2010 Creature Feature Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney
Aug 2010 Almost Famous Artists Tap Gallery, Sydney
May 2010 Portraits Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney
Education / Employment / Experience
Currently Master of Fine Arts RMIT; President of Coalesce Artist Collective; Member of The Librarians Artist Collective; Teacher of graphic design and photography RMIT
2010 – 2012 Director & Curator Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney; Program Director of the Woolloomooloo Festival on Wheels; Resident Artist First Draft Depot, Sydney; Photographer for the Growing Up in Woolloomooloo exhibition of paintings by local indigenous youth for NAIDOC Week
2009 Graphic Designer at Intimation Creative, Edinburgh; Production Assistant at C Company, Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2007-2008 Filmmaker at Cazzofilm, Berlin; Gallery Assistant at AA Galleries, Berlin
2007 Traveller through China & Egypt, building up a portfolio of photography
2005 Arts tutor for Waverly Action Youth Services, Sydney, art classes for young people recovering from mental illness
1999-2002 Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia) Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga)
1981-1999 Born and raised in Sydney’s Western Suburbs
email: philip.soliman [at] rmit.edu.au
phone: +61 (0) 449 159 511