A multidisciplinary visual artist from Adelaide, Australia, Elise Bonato is a practitioner of the visual-aural arcane. Her predominantly experimental and performance-based practice aims to create an oeuvre of elegiac beauty through a synthesis of moving image, installation, drawing and painting.
Elise completed graduate studies in 2012, awarded with First Class Honours in Visual Arts at the University of South Australia, with an investigation into the use of video installation as a means of presenting a contemporary sublime. She is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant and the American Australian Association's Dame Joan Sutherland Fund.
In recent years, she has exhibited locally in Australia as well as internationally in the United States at a number of artist-run galleries and art institutions. She has also performed and exhibited at a variety of arts festivals, including the Adelaide Fringe and the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival. Elise most recently lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York, participating in a six-month residency with the New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation.