Alex Syndikas was born in Alexandria Egypt of Greek and Austrian descent. He and his family immigrated to Australia in the late 50s. From an early age Alex had a passion for Photography. His formal training was a BA in Photography at RMIT University and then continued his Postgraduate studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology USA, completing a MFA degree in Photography. He was also involved in Graduate Studies at the School of American Crafts, New York in Glass Sculpturing and Art Appreciation. His mentor whilst in USA was György Kepes – eminent painter, designer, art theorist and Director Emeritus of MIT’s Centre of Advance Visual Studies in Cambridge Massachusetts.Returning to Australia in 1984, Alex was offered a teaching position in the BA Photography Department at RMIT University. He later became Program Director and remained there till the end of 2014, completing a 30-year lecturing career. Alex also holds qualifications from Sheffield College England and University of Melbourne, in areas of Distant Online Education, Museums Curatorial Studies and Conservation Practices, respectively. As a Fine Art photographer, his images convey a sense of spatial abstraction whether in his landscapes photo-reportage or photomontage. He looks with utmost concentration not only on the physical appearance of things, but also on their interrelationship and metaphysical state. His most recent ‘Photogenic images’ interpret the human form in motion, resemble cave paintings.
During his 40-year artistic career, Alex has held 21 solo and 67 group exhibitions locally and internationally. His images are in permanent collections in Belgium, Portugal, Spain, New York City, Rochester, Arizona, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Paris and Australia.