Ricky Swallow is a Australian sculptor (born in San Remo, Victoria in 1974), who lives and works in Los Angeles. He creates painstakingly detailed pieces and installations in a variety of media, often utilising objects of everyday life as well as the body (bones etc). He first came to national prominence in Australia when he won the prestigious Contempora 5 Prize in Melbourne at the age of 25 in 1999. He was later selected to be the Australian representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale with This Time Another Year. Swallow is well known for his careful craftsmanship and conceptual ideas in his works in relation to the contemporary society.