Born 1953, Launceston, Tasmania. Lives and works Flinders Island, Tasmania. Ben Lomond and Cape Portland peoples.
Ricky Maynard has built a career photographing and documenting the histories of Indigenous communities, primarily in and around his home in Tasmania. Largely self-taught, Maynard came to prominence in 1988 with his photo-essay The Moonbird People, which was commissioned for the photographic book After 200 Years: Photographic Essays of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia Today (1988). Maynard has exhibited his work in the group shows The Photograph and Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2015); Making Change, National Museum of China, Beijing (2012); Half-Light: Portraits from Black Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2008); Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial 07, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2007); Raised By Wolves, Perth International Arts Festival, Perth (2007); Busan Biennale 2006: A Tale of Two Cities, Korea (2006); and Interesting Times: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, MCA, Sydney (2006). In 2009 the MCA presented a major exhibition of Maynard’s work, Portrait of a Distant Land, accompanied by a publication, which toured Australia and to a number of international venues.
Maynard’s work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; and National Library of Australia, Canberra.