Peter Callas has utilised a wide variety of electronic and digital media to create an ongoing series of cultural ‘portraits’, making work from varied locations in locations such as Japan, the US, Brazil, and India; as well as Australia.
Many of his works are in the permanent museum collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Gallery of Australia.
His works have been included in a number of significant group shows including Modern Means: Highlights from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, 2004; Heterosis Digital Art from Australia, Conde Duque, ARCO, Madrid, 2002; and Animania: 100 anni di esperimenti nel cinema di animazione, Pesaro, Italy, 1998.
In 2002-03 Asialink toured Peter Callas: Anti-Terrain to Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur; the Art Museum of the China Millennium Monument, Beijing; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. He has also held retrospective screenings of his video works at the ICA, London; and MoMA, New York.
Callas is a recipient of the New Horizons Award for Innovation in New Media, International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, Berkeley, USA. His video works have won numerous awards including First Prize, Bonn Videonale; World Graph Prix, Euro Video Fest, Lisbon; Grand Prix, International Festival of Video Art, Locarno; and Best Computer Art, Videobrasil, Sao Paulo.
Most recently Peter Callas was an Australia Council Fellow. His ongoing fellowship project is Il Trionfo della Morte, an animated interpretation of a 14th century in Pisa, commissioned by Ondavideo, Pisa, Italy.
In 2006 Pixel Gallery, Millenaris Park in Budapest, Hungary staged a retrospective of Callas’ work.