Monika Behrens is an artist who works with the medium of paint to create still life paintings. She is currently researching how objects relate to each other, and the world, within a painted space. She has an interested in the ontology of the painted object, focussing on the intensities that painted objects can contain.
In 2013 Monika began a PhD at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, titled; The Thinking Image: Contemporary still life painting and politics. She has had 9 solo exhibitions including; Double Dutch at Breenspace, Standing Still at Gallerysmith, Salad Daysat the National Art School Gallery, 1, Malaysia at Rimbun Dahan Gallery in Kuala Lumper and Silent Bang at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery in Sydney. She has also exhibited in a number of prominent group exhibitions such as the Primavera and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Archibald Prize and the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, EEA21 at the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama Japan, the ABN AMRO Emerging Art Award and the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship at Artspace, Sydney. She has also received 2 Australian Council for the arts grants and been on several local and international residencies including; Artspace Sydney, Rimbun Dahan Malaysia, Cite des arts International Paris and Performance Art Forum (PAF) St Erme.