Born in Sydney, Australia.
Lives and works in Leura, NSW, Australia.
Monika Viktoria Diak is an artist based in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Monika graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School in 2007. She was awarded several artistic residencies in Europe which concluded in the conception of a significant body of work and her first and second solo exhibitions. During her time in Europe she undertook a critical reading of local traditional mythology and folklore, providing her own reflections on the themes contained within the individual tales. She returned to Australia in 2014, after building upon the series for over three years abroad. Monika returned to her academic studies and completed her Honours at Sydney College of the Arts in 2020, achieving a First Class Honours for her body of work, Spectral Phenomena: Corollary to Anomalous Experience. She was also the 2020 recipient of the Artereal Gallery Mentorship Award given annually to one graduating Honours student from Sydney College of the Arts.
As well as teaching art to both adults and children, Monika is currently undertaking a Research Masters at the University of Sydney looking at the way women have been depicted as ghosts in Art and Literature.