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Vali Myers archive

Identifier(s): PARC 4


Content Description

Archive of material relating to the artist Vali Myers, documenting her life. Includes visual diaries from 1963 to 2003, original drawings, jewellery, paintboxes and art materials, furniture from her studio in the Nicholas Building, Swanston Street, Melbourne, photographs by numerous photographers including Dutch photographers Ed van der Elsken and Marco Bakker, negatives, transparencies, slides, posters, postcards, personal papers, press clippings.


  • [between 1950 and 2003]


  • Myers, Vali, 1930-2003 (Person)

Conditions governing use

This work is in copyright. Copyright restrictions apply.

Biographical / Historical

Vali Myers (1930-2003) was an acclaimed Australian artist and dancer born in Sydney in 1930. She was a dancer for the Melbourne Modern Ballet Company when she moved to Paris aged 19 and began to draw black and white autobiographical works. Vali Myers featured in Ed van der Elsken’s book ‘Love on the left bank’ (1956) and George Plimpton’s Paris Review (1958), establishing an international profile. In 1958, she settled in Italy at Il Porto near the seaside town of Positano where she founded the Il Porto Wildlife Oasis, caring for more than 100 animals. She regularly travelled to the Chelsea Hotel in New York to sell her drawings, dividing her time between New York and Positano. In 1993, she returned to Australia, establishing a studio-gallery in the Nicholas Building in Swanston Street Melbourne. Vali Myers travelled extensively, exhibiting her work in Amsterdam, New York and Italy, becoming internationally known as an artist. She left a body of work from the 1950s until her death in 2003.


10 linear metres




The Collection has been arranged into 15 series and each series is divided into sections by format.

Immediate source of acquisition

Gift; Vali Myers Art Gallery Trust; 2018.


  • Myers, Vali, 1930-2003 (Person)
Guide to the Vali Myers Archives
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Repository details

Part of the Pictures Collection, State Library Victoria Repository

328 Swanston Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia
03 8664 7002