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Irene was born in Rome, Italy in 1988. While still at school Irene did additional external studies at San Giacomo Art Academy in Rome. When she finished school, she spent the next few years pursuing training at various art institutions including the “Accademia Via Ripetta” and then the University of Rome where she studied ‘History of Art’ and graduated in 2014.

Immediately after graduation Irene decided to spend her time traveling, including Australia, where she lived for two years and where she had her first solo exhibition.

After that experience she moved to London where she has been involved in the creation of various wall commissions, and she also worked as a studio and painter assistant.

In 2019 Irene decided to come back to Australia, where she now lives and practices her art.


2021 SWELL ARTWORK – Ulysses’ Shipwreck, Irene Messia

Ulysses’ Shipwreck represents a journey towards self-discovery inspired by Homer’s Odyssey and the portrayal of Ulysses as a traveler on the path toward enlightenment.

The ocean represents our innermost self, which is deep and dark in the sense that we rarely visit, while the shipwreck is symbolic of the moments in life we feel hopeless and lost. However, it is precisely these times that allow us to discover our true self and sense of purpose if we have the courage and conviction of Ulysses to take the path less travelled.


Instagram: @irene_messia

Website: www.irenemessia.com

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 10-19 September.