Laura Oczos is a contemporary artist based in Wollongong, NSW. After initially completing a Fine Arts degree and participating in several small group shows, she began to focus on her work in special education, teaching students with internalising and externalising mental health disorders. In 2019 after a 14-year hiatus, she returned to painting.

Oczos paints landscapes that are autobiographical in nature. Whilst they are inspired by specific places that she inhabits in her daily life, they are painted from memory. She is interested in the dynamic nature of memory and draws on past and present experiences to create work that often combines multiple points of view and captures the spirit of the moment rather than producing an exact likeness. Her work explores how memory and meaning can change through retelling and remembering.

Her work has been collected both nationally and internationally and has featured in Art Edit, Home Designs Australia, House and Garden UK and World of Interiors magazines.

Her work is available via Greenhouse Interiors (VIC) and The Toowoomba Gallery (QLD)

Prizes / Awards

2020 - Finalist Bluethumb Art Prize

2021 - Finalist Lethbridge 20000 

2021 - Finalist National Capital Art Prize.

2022 - Finalist Art to Art Unearthed Prize

2022 - Finalist National Capital Art Prize 

2022 - Highly Commended National Capital Art Prize

2022 - Artwork selected to be part of the Floriade Sounds of Spring exhibition

2022 - Finalist Bluethumb Art Prize

2023 - Finalist Art to Art Unearthed Prize

2023 - Finalist Lethbridge 20000

2023 - Finalist National Capital Art Prize