John Vella was born in Sydney in 1969 and since 1996 has lived in Hobart with his wife Sonia and daughter Sophia Lucia. Since dropping out of architecture in 1988, he has travelled the world, served as a waiter, labourer and telemarketer, loaded trucks, worked in a phone book factory, completed a DipFA with Distinction at the National Art School Sydney, a BFA (Hons) first class and an MFA, at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart.
It is via this transfrence from architecture to art that TERROIR met John, resulting in a series of collaborations and installations as both John and TERROIR's trajectory started in the late 1990s.
John has since developed independent and collaborative artistic projects, that have been exhibited (and reviewed) locally and nationally over the last 15 years. He has been a guest lecturer at a number of tertiary institutions and has served on the Contemporary Art Services Tasmania Board. In addition to having been awarded 3 major competitive commissions through the Art for Public Building Scheme (APBS) he has been the recipient of significant, competitive grants from Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council. His work is held in a number of public and private collections.
Vella lectured in Painting and Drawing at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, from 1998-2000 and was recently appointed to the University as the Acting Head of Sculpture.
John Vella is represented by Criterion Gallery, Hobart.