Artist, designer, musician.

Born in 1981, lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Alexandra Mowday was born in Durban, South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture (advanced) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her artistic career began at sixteen when she got involved with an artist run studio set up by South African artist Pascale Chandler and began participating in group shows and local initiatives.

Her first solo exhibition, Colour Rush, was held at the the KZNSA Gallery in 2004. In 2005 she moved to Cape Town where she held the position of junior associate at the prestigious architectural practice Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects. Whilst there, she had the opportunity to travel frequently through Africa and develop an interest in the pattern languages that permeate the continent.

In 2009 she moved to Sydney and relinquished a full-time career in architecture in order to explore her general interests in the arts. Yet, the architecture has never left her and its language remains evident her painting with its references to structure and scale. Exploding with energy and oscillating between large scaled paintings and small intimate works on paper, Mowday moves seamlessly between abstract painting and figuration. Her work is autobiographical and yet unsentimental.  It fills the room and will not be ignored.

Mowday lives and works in Sydney. Apart from art and architecture, she is passionate about music and is an extremely enthusiastic amateur classical singer with a particular interest in the late Romantic period.


1981                Born Durban, South Africa

1981-2004      Lived and studied in Durban, South Africa

2004-2009        Lived and worked in Cape Town, South

2009-Present    Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

2009- Present   Artist and designer

2009-2013        Masterclass, National Art School, Sydney

2009                 Moved to Sydney, Australia

2006                 Registered as Professional architect, South Africa

2005- 2009       Junior Associate at Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, Cape Town

1997-2004        Member of the Pascal Chandler Painting Studio, South Africa

2004                 Winner of the Regional Corobrik Presidents Medal for Architecture, South Africa

2004                 Bachelor of Architecture – Advanced (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

2001                 Bachelor of Architectural Studies (University of Natal)


Solo Exhibitions

Sept 2012        HARD SOFT FAST SLOW, solo show, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Sydney, Australia

Aug 2004         COLOUR RUSH Solo debut exhibition at the NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa


Selected Competitions

Sept 2015        Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award, NSW

Dec 2014         Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize, NSW, Australia 

Oct 2014         Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award, NSW

Feb 2014         Finalist, SHE Competition, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, Australia

Dec 2013         Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize, NSW, Australia

April 2013        Finalist, Chippendale New World Art Prize, Sydney, Australia

Mar 2013         Finalist, SHE Competition, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, Australia


Group Exhibitions

Feb 2014         ARTISTS OF MOSMAN: 2088, group show, Sydney, Australia

Jan 2014          9 X 5, Walker Street Gallery, Vic, Australia

April 2013        GOLD! Sydney Children’s Hospital

Feb 2013         ARTISTS OF MOSMAN: 2088, group show, Sydney, Australia

Sept 2012        INVISIBLE REALMS, Painting and Sculpture Students Exhibition, National Art School, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Feb 2010         ARTISTS OF MOSMAN: 2088, group show, Sydney, Australia