The son of Ukrainian migrants, Aleks Danko was born in Adelaide in 1950 and lives and works in Daylesford, Victoria. His career spans over four decades and encompasses diverse media – from sculpture, performance, installation, to text and language-based works. Drawing actively upon Australia’s political and cultural history, it is infused with satirical humour and a subtle and at times not so subtle critique of contemporary social values.
Danko studied sculpture at the South Australian School of Art 1967-70 and started exhibiting in 1970 in Adelaide. The first exhibition at Llewellyn Galleries, Adelaide was titled UCK, a collaboration with the poet and artist Richard Tipping. Since then he has held over 45 solo exhibitions and his work has been selected for a number of national and international exhibitions and collections. They include Born to Concrete, the Heide Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2011); The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010); Mortality, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2010); Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art, Brisbane (2008-9); and International 04, Liverpool Biennial, (2004). Danko’s work is held in many public collections, including the British Museum, the National Gallery of Australia and the major state and regional galleries of Australia, as well as university and private collections.