Born 1988, Sydney. Lives and works, Sydney
JD Reforma is an artist, writer and curator with a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. His interdisciplinary practice — encompassing sculpture, performance, installation, video and photography — is often informed by his experience growing up as an Australian born to first-generation Filipino immigrants in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, and explores diverse themes including branding and status anxiety, popular culture and the cult of celebrity, as well as political dynasticism and cultural imperialism. He has exhibited extensively throughout NSW, including Artspace, Firstdraft, MOP Projects, Alaska Projects, Kudos Gallery, 55 Sydenham Rd, Breezeblock and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney; as well as Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, and Success, Fremantle, WA. His work has been curated into major exhibitions including Halò, 2017, curated by Katrina Cashman, part of the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney; and 48HR Incident, 2015, curated by Aaron Seeto, Pedro De Almeida and Toby Chapman, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. In 2013, he was a finalist in both the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards as well as the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists at Artspace, Sydney.
He was formerly Gallery Coordinator, Gaffa, Sydney, 2012; Co-Director, Firstdraft, Sydney, 2013/14 where he oversaw the organisation's historic 2014 relocation to Woolloomooloo; and Associate Gallery Manager, Minerva, Sydney, 2014. He is currently Communications Coordinator at Artspace, Sydney.