Vale Damiano Bertoli

Melbourne art community mourns the loss of aspirational artist and intellectual radical Damiano Bertoli.

Loved for his witty creativity as an inspiring artist, writer and teacher, founding member of Melbourne’s influential artist-run space Ocular Lab (2003–10), Damiano Bertoli passed away over the weekend.

With a sophisticated career spanning three decades, Bertoli was best known for his multidisciplinary series Continuous Moment (2002–2021), which captured practices ranging from performance to drawing as he propelled a reinvestigation of theory behind modern and contemporary art.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_