Artists

Kaniva is the birth place and home town of several noted artists including:

Marcus Wills

Born 1972. Figurative realist painter Marcus Wills was born in Kaniva. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1995 and was awarded the Brett Whiteley travelling scholarship in 1999 and the Archibald Prize in 2006. Wills has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne since 1992 and his works have been included in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD. His work is held in several regional collections in Victoria and Queensland.

Percy Leason

Born 1889, Percy Alexander Leason was an Australian political cartoonist and artist who was a major figure in the Australian tonalist movement. As a painter and commercial artist his works span two continents.

Constance Stokes (nee Parkin) 

Born 1906, Miram. Constance Stokes was a modernist Australian painter working in Victoria. She trained at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School until 1929, winning a scholarship to continue her study at London's Royal Academy of Arts

Bob Marchant

Born 1938 in Dimboola, Bob grew up in Kaniva. He is a figurative and narrative painter. Marchant studied art at RMIT, Melbourne 1954-58. After spending 20 years working in London Marchant returned to Australia in 1980 and began painting full time. Marchant's art first came to prominence in 1988-89 by the two year consecutive win of the Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Since then he has regularly exhibited in Sydney and other capital cities. Bob exhibited extensively abroard with shows in Los Angeles, Honolulu and France

Of particular interest is his Wimmera Series which depicts his memories of growing up in Kaniva and Miram

We also have several practicing artists who exhibit regularly at local galleries