Gary Deirmendjian was born in 1967 in Soviet Armenia. His family migrated to Australia in 1979. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, photography, video, installation and site-sensitive intervention. Working predominantly in public/shared space, Deirmendjian is broadly recognised as an original and dynamic voice in the realm of contemporary art. He creates thought-provoking and socially concerned works that challenge audiences with their scale and immersive qualities. He has exhibited extensively, and received numerous new work invitations and commissions for private and public artworks, as well as site-specific projects realised broadly across Australia and internationally. Deirmendjian holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the National Art School (2006), Sydney, where he has taught as a Sessional Lecturer since 2012. He is also the author and photographer of Sydney Sandstone (Craftsman House, 2002). Before turning to full-time artistic practice, Deirmendjian trained as an aeronautical engineer (Honours, University of NSW, 1990). He was significantly active in research and development, before turning to industrial design through private practice and teaching. He was a lecturer at the Western Sydney University from 1996 to 2001.