Maryika Welter

Maryika is an award-winning Queensland based artist who was born and raised in country Victoria, now living in Toowoomba on the Darling Downs Queensland. At present she tutors and paints mainly with mixed mediums and has an interest in colour, design and printmaking.

She has studied the Diploma of Visual Arts at South Queensland Institute of T.A.F.E., Toowoomba and has also studied at the North Adelaide School of Art, in South Australia.

In the last 18 months Maryika was involved in tutoring workshops and many group exhibitions including Downlands College, Grammar Art Show and The Rotary Art Spectacular to name a few.

At present she is employed as Artist in Residence with Murray’s Art and Framing on a casual basis.

Her community involvement includes St Vincent’s Hospital, President and Membership Officer for Arts Council Toowoomba, Queensland Investment Corporation and Grand Centrals’ Culture Wall.

Selected for an 8 week Artist in Residency at Clifford Gouldson Lawyers, in Toowoomba saw Maryika work and exhibit in the unusual environment of a professional law practice. At the same time she was preparing for another solo exhibition at the Landsborough Art Gallery in November 2013.

The year of 2014 with a sell-out exhibition “Imprint”, saw a totally different direction of images and assemblages for this talented artist.  Maryika was also successfully selected to represent Australia for the first International Toastmasters Artists publication, “101 Artists” to released at the Annual International Convention held in Kuala Lumpur in August. In addition, Maryika is also involved in concept development planning for Toowoomba Clubhouse wall murals and is a frequent judge for local and surrounds shows.

In 2009, Maryika’s art works were selected to exhibit in both the South Australian Natural Art Awards and Flying Arts exhibition “Five Senses”, held at the State Library Queensland. She was also among 12 Australian artists to be invited to participate at the Florence Biennale held in December 2009.

As well as exhibiting at Bark Modern Art Gallery, Hong Kong, in 2004, Maryika’s work is well represented overseas and extensively in Australian private collections. One of her commissions exhibited in the A.C.T. was published in “Peoplescape”, produced by the National Council for the Centenary of Federation, 2002.

Her work was also accepted and exhibited at the Queensland Museum, during the 8th Festival of Polish Visual and Performing Arts, from December 2000 to January 2001.

Maryika has acquired approximately 80 awards since 1999.

Maryika says: “Art is an activity that surprises, excites, challenges and demands the extremes of spontaneity and discipline.

“For much of my work I use mixed media and experimentation, trusting instinctively the creative process to produce abstract and representational works on canvas and paper”.

Often Maryika’s art is a response to an experience or emotion that demands visual expression.