Anna-Wili Highfield (b. 1980, Sydney) lives and works in Sydney. Her works explore the organic qualities and resistance of materials, generating a tension between the complex realism of form and the limitations and economy of the materials used. They represent life in an immediate way that conveys the energy, movement and physical character of different creatures. Her aim is to engineer a moment of contact with nature in a way that emphasises both the startling differences and similarities of human and animal forms and consciousness.
Highfield studied Fine Art at the National Art School and worked as a scenic artist for Opera Australia before forging an independent art practice working by private commission for over 10 years. Her works are held in collections around the world and have featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times and the cover of Sculpture Review, USA. Hermés hold the largest commercial collection of Anna- Wili's work, followed by Tiffany and Co. Solo exhibitions include Animals, Carriageworks, Sydney 2015. Spirit Faces, Olsen Gruin Gallery NYC, 2018. Companions, Olsen Gallery, Sydney, 2019. Mating Dance, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, 2022.