Monica Metsers was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1980, and now lives in the English Lake District. She graduated from the University of Dundee with a Masters Degree in Fine Art in 2005 and has been steadily exhibiting and selling her work since. Through her practice Monica aims to explore ways in which subconscious fantastical experiences may be visually manifested. Primarily she builds onto existing objects with various materials. These are all painted white and then photographed with different colour casts, depending on the effects required in a specific painting. Her paintings are based on these arranged compositions of the objects.
In 2007 she was short-listed for the Celeste Art Prize and in 2011 was short-listed for ‘New Lights; The Valeria Sykes Prize’ for young painters, and was awarded second prize from around 400 entries for regional art prize ‘Open up North’. 2012 saw Monica exhibiting alongside artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and George Shaw in ”Francis Bacon to Paula Rego: Great Artists’ at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, and in 2013 her painting ‘Lechuguilla’ was purchased by the Tullie House Gallery in Carlisle for their permanent collection.