• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0298

Mora, Mirka

(1928 – 2018)
  • Born 18 March, 1928, Paris France
  • Died 1 August, 2018
  • Occupation Artist


In 1998 Mirka Mora was awarded the title of Honoured Artist, by the Lord Mayor and councillors of the City of Melbourne, ‘in recognition of lifelong achievement in the arts which has made an outstanding contribution to the life of this city’. Born in Paris, France, Mora with her husband Georges and son Philippe arrived in Australia in 1951. Over time their cafes and restaurants, The Mirka Café, the Balzac and the Tolarno were renowned for the bohemian style of the time. In 1999, a retrospective of her work was shown at Heide Museum of Modern Art and her autobiography Wicked but Virtuous: My Life was published in October 2000.

Published resources

  • Resource
  • Book
    • Contemporary Australian Women 1996/97, 1996
  • Edited Book
    • Who's Who in Australia 2002, Herd, Margaret, 2002
    • Who's Who of Australian Women, Lofthouse, Andrea, 1982

Archival resources

  • National Film and Sound Archive
    • The Good Looker : [Mirka Mora Interview : Source Material]