Matthew Calandra

Matthew Calandra has been drawing up portraits for the last few months as part of a Cicada Press residency he was invited to be part of.  The resulting body of works include portraits of artists such as Ian Grant, Vernon Ah-Kee, Michael Kempson, Elisabeth Cummings and many more.

The resulting body of over 60 print portraits was shown at Sydney’s Gaffa Gallery as part of the ‘STUDIO ARTISTS COLLABORATE’ exhibition.

Here is a little video that was shot from Matthew’s perspective while he was drawing up a portrait of Rafael Butron.  The camera was mounted to Matt’s head, so it’s a bit shaky at times.

Matthew was joking around and finished the portrait of Rafael as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!

After having a laugh, he did another portrait which ended up looking like this:

What is Cicada Press all about?

Cicada Press was established by its Director Michael Kempson at the College of Fine Arts, The University of NSW in 2004 to foster research projects that facilitate a diverse contemporary dialogue and promote the broad methodological potential of printmaking practice.

For students at COFA the Cicada Press Workshop is an educationally focussed custom printing model that has an emphasis on open dialogue, broad relationships with the artistic community, informal teaching processes with a constant that highlights the importance of lived experience in learning.


  • To support practical research into autographic, photographic and digital printmaking processes.
  • To mediate in the production of fine art prints created by artists, collaborative teams and indigenous communities invited to work within COFA Custom Printing undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • To foster relationships through printmaking related projects between COFAUNSW and university art schools internationally.
  • To provide educational leadership as a centre of excellence in custom printmaking practice.
  • To develop a local, regional and international dialogue through print exchange exhibitions that reflect current research outcomes.