Moya Dyring

Moya Dyring was an Australian artist.

She traveled in the United States and in France, where she lived for most of her life.

Her works are kept at the Heide Museum and the National Gallery of Australia.

Moya Clare Dyring was born in 1909 in Coburg, Victoria to parents originally from Victoria. Her family moved to Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne, in 1920. Moya was educated at Firbank Church of England Girls’ Grammar School, Brighton.

The Australian painter George Bell, her art teacher, and Sam Atyeo, an Australian painter and designer who became her husband, encouraged her to experiment with Modernism.


In August 1937, Dyring set sail for Panama and then went on to New York. As she did not appreciate the local artists, she decided to return to France.

Moya in France

In 1938 she settled in Paris, drawing on Atyeo’s contacts with the avant-garde movement.

The following year she and Atyeo settled on a farm in Vence, France. In 1946 Dyring returned alone to Paris.

Chez Moya

Her apartment in Paris became a home base to passing artists. The apartment became known as Chez Moya.

Studio and exhibitions

In 1961, she curated the Australian representation at the Paris Biennale. She returned to Australia five times and showed in different cities on each visit.

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