Liesl Pfeffer is a Berlin-based Australian visual artist working primarily with photography, artist books and printmaking. Her art practice is a material exploration of photography in an era of digitalisation, using the darkroom and studio as sites for experimentation. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Liesl lived in New York and Melbourne prior to moving to Berlin in 2018. She has a Bachelor of Photography from the Queensland College of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University.

Liesl has exhibited widely in Australia, Europe and the USA since 2005, including solo exhibitions at c3 Contemporary Art Space and Kings ARI (Melbourne, Australia) and the Queensland Centre for Photography (Brisbane, Australia). Recent group exhibitions include SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Trestle Projects and Chashama (all New York). Liesl has attended international artist residencies including Vermont Studio Center, The Banff Centre and The Wassaic Project.

Limited edition print sales available from Uprise Art in the USA/worldwide.

Photograph: Nicolas Greiff

Photograph: Nicolas Greiff


Liesl Pfeffer
b. 1979, Australia


2017   Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
2006  Bachelor of Photography (Photographic Art Practice), Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Solo Exhibitions

2018   New Shapes, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
2017   To See the Moon Fall From the Sky, Intermission Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
2014   Souvenir, curated by Eyal Perry (Glasshouse Projects), Art+Lounge, Newark Liberty Airport, NJ
2011    Souvenir, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, Australia
           Hearts and Arrows, KINGS ARI, Melbourne, Australia
2010   Souvenir, NO NO Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2006   Unravelling, Red Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


2018   Hill End Artist in Residence Program, Hill End, NSW, Australia. Residency.
2016   Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA. Residency.
2015   The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada. Residency.
2014   The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, USA. Residency.

Group Exhibitions

2019 Postcard Salon, Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
2018    Postcards from the End, presented by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Hill End, Australia.
            Clyde and Co Art Award, 2018, Melbourne, Australia.
2017    MADA NOW Graduate Exhibition, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
           CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
           Plant Patterns, Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY
           To See the Moon Fall from the Sky, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY
           Equinozio di primavera a Benaco Arte, Benaco Arts, Sirmione, Italy
2016   Borderless: In Perspective, Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany
           Tribeca Art Night, Uprise Art, New York, NY
           Here Where We Are, hpgrp gallery, New York, NY
2015   Jardin, Studio No 4, Brooklyn, NY
           Ortega 100, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY
           Intertwined, Nebraska Gallery, Portland, OR
           Better Homes and Gardens, chashama 461 Gallery, New York, NY
           Instant Vacation, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn NY
           Deep End, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY
           Somewhere in the City, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, Australia
           Fluid, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY
           Montagnes Design, Nouvelles Inspirations, Couvent Sainte-Cécile, Grenoble, France
2014   Grab Bag, curated by Will Hutnick and Polly Shindler, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY
           Exchange Rates: the Bushwick Expo, curated by Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Bushwick, NY.
           Exquisite Collage, Local Project, Long Island City, NY
           The Last Brucennial, presented by the Bruce High Quality Foundation, 837 Washington St, NY, NY
           Post-Photography: Beyond the Print, Scott Hazard, curator, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
2013   NURTUREart Benefit, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, Manhattan NY
           Pangea, New York Foundation for the Arts Gallery, Brooklyn NY
           Contextualizations: It's a Race for Space, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2010   Fit to Print, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2007   The Plastic Photo Show, Incinerator Arts Complex, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia
2006   Churchie Emerging Artist Award, East Brisbane, Australia
           Young Brisbane Artists, Gallery 419, Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia
2005   Resolution, Queensland College of Art, Graduate Exhibition, QCA, Brisbane, Australia
            Ladyfest Brisbane, Photo Femmes, Rivoli Gallery, New Farm, Brisbane, Australia
            2High Festival, Queensland Performing Arts Center, Brisbane, Australia
            Photographic Skin, curated by Rose Philips, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Programs, Grants and Awards

2018   Clyde and Co Art Award. Finalist. 
2016   American Australian Association, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. Grant.
           Copyright Agency (Australia), Creative Individuals Career Fund. Grant.
2015   New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program, New York, NY. Mentor.
2013   New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program, New York, NY. Mentee. 
2006   Churchie Emerging Artist Award, Australia. Finalist.
2005   Queensland Centre for Photography Graduate Prize, Australia. Winner.
            Queensland Artworkers Alliance. Grant.

Workshops, Lectures, Panels

2019 Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Berlin, Germany. Artist talk.
2016    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA. Artist in residence lecture.
2015    The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada. Artist in residence lecture.
2014    The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, USA. Artist in residence lecture.
2013    New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program, New York, NY. Artist lecture.
2011     Hearts and Arrows, KINGS ARI, Melbourne, Australia. Artist lecture.
2006   Young Brisbane Artists, Gallery 419, Brisbane, Australia. Panel discussion.
2005   Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia. Artist lecture.

Relevant Professional Experience

2019 American-Australian Association Arts Fund. Peer Reviewer, Round 1 2019.
2017-9 Australia Council for the Arts’ Pool of Peers. Peer Assessor, 2017-2019.
2016 Teaching Assistant, School of the International Centre of Photography, New York, USA.
2015 Gallery Attendant, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA.
2011 Marketing Officer, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
Interim Marketing Coordinator, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia.
2007-9 Communication & Admin Assistant, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia.
2005-6 Arts Writer, Time Off, Brisbane, Australia.

Selected Bibliography

2019 Streem Magazine, Summer 2019. Featured artwork.
2018 NOROO Pantone Color Institute, Coverall, Vol 3, December 2018. Featured artwork.
2017   Zara Sigglekow, ‘Best in show: graduate round-up 2017’, Art Guide Australia, November 2017. Review.
2017  To See The Moon Fall From The Sky. Intermission Gallery. Catalogue.
2016  Kelly McCafferty, 'Singular Objects in a Vast Empty Space'The Coastal Post, May 2016. Interview.
2015  'Meet Liesl Pfeffer', Uprise Art, October 2015. Interview. 
2015  Camilla Birkeland, ‘Liesl Pfeffer’, Lucida Journal, September 2015, Issue 1. Interview.
2015  Toby Fehily, ‘Somewhere in the City’, Art Guide Australia, June 30, 2015. Review
2015  Somewhere in the City. Arts Project Australia. Catalogue.
2015  Benjamin Sutton, ‘Your concise guide to the Bushwick Open Studios’, Hyperallergic, June 1, 2015. Review.
2015  Montagnes Design, Nouvelles Inspirations, Fondation Glenat. Catalogue.
2015  ‘Liesl Pfeffer - Playful, Experimental and Handmade’, Patternbank. Review.
2014  ‘Liesl Pfeffer’, The Jealous Curator. Review.
2013  ‘Aussie Invasion’, City Paper (Baltimore, MD), January 2-9, 2013. Photography.
2012  ‘Things half seen’, Verity La (Australia), 2012. Photography.
2012  ‘X marks the spot’, Vogue Living (Australia), Mar/Apr 2012, p 58. Featured artwork.
2011  Liesl Pfeffer: Souvenir, Queensland Centre for Photography. Catalogue.
2011  ‘Things that make us smile’, House & Garden (Australia), September 2011, p 290. Featured artwork.
2011  LivingEtc (United Kingdom), August 2011, np. Featured artwork.
2011  Elle Interior (Sweden), May 2011, np. Featured artwork.
2011  Blue day’, Home Ideas (Australia), November 2011, p11. Featured artwork.
2010  ‘Featured artist’, National Association for the Visual Arts. Featured artist.
2010  ‘Liesl Pfeffer’, The Design Files. Interview.
2010  ‘Liesl Pfeffer’, Design Milk. Review.
2010  ‘Souvenir’, Arena Magazine (Australia), December 2010, No. 109, pp. 27-30. Photo essay.
2010  ‘Liesl Pfeffer’, Design for Mankind. Review.
2010  ‘The house that jealousy built’, SF Girl by Bay. Review.
2010  ‘I’m jealous of Liesl Pfeffer’, The Jealous Curator. Review.
2005  ‘Ladyfest’, Time Off (Australia), Sept 7, 2005, p 55. Interview.
2005  Vulture (Australia), Winter 2005, Issue 1, pp. 8,10. Photography.