Pete Monaghan was born in 1961, in Stroud, Gloucestershire, of Anglo-Irish parentage and works from his studio in west Wales and southern Germany. He trained initially in mechanical engineering and then technical illustration. Subsequently he spent over twenty years in Germany working as an illustrator. He seeks to integrate the strict discipline of technical illustration with an irrepressible passion for drawing and painting. In 2012 he completed an MA in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University. In his paintings he depicts vernacular architecture in a fusion of abstraction and figuration, calling on a depth of drawing expertise to produce work in acrylic and mixed media with collage. He says of his work:

“My work always begins with sketching on location. Subsequently re-sketching many times in the studio in order to interpret and understand. Only when I have drawn sufficiently do I feel the freedom to splash and pour paint, enticing abstraction, entering into a dialogue of controlling and letting go. The present body of work is concerned with vernacular architecture. I am interested in the "wabi-sabi" effect; the beauty in the hidden, the modest, the decaying or the unnoticed.”

MoMa Machynlleth, April 2018
People's prize at MoMa Machynlleth Tabernacle Art Prize 2016
Guest artist - Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open Exhibition, Feb 2015
MoMA Wales, solo show - "(Demise of ) the rural welsh filling station" (Arts Wales supported). Oriel Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff (solo)
RWA (Royal West of England Academy) Autumn Exhibition, Bristol, 2012 & 2013, 2015, 2017 MOMA Wales, Exhibition “Rusty Filling Stations”, June - Sept 2014
MOMA Wales Art Competition, First Prize winner, Machynlleth, Wales, 2012
MA postgraduate exhibition, School of Art, Aberystwyth
Black Swan Arts Open competition, Frome, Somerset
SGFA south-west, Ilminster, Somerset
Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, Oriel Ynys Môn, Anglesey 2011
SGFA Open Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
90th Annual Open Exhibition Society of Graphic Fine Art
RI Open exhibition, Mall Galleries, LondonMOMA Wales Art Competition


Elected Full Member of SGFA (2012) (Society of Graphic Fine Art)


National Library of Wales

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