Derek Kreckler studied sculpture at the South Australian School of Visual Arts (1980) and the University of Sydney, Sydney College of The Arts (1991). Since 1978 he has been working across performance, video sound and photography, examining the transformation of modes of historical avant-gardism into the present.
He has exhibited internationally in Kwangju, Mumbai, New York and London, and extensively throughout Australia. Recent group exhibitions include the 2003 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award at the National Gallery of Victoria, the 2004 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia and On Reason and Emotion, the 2004 International Biennale of Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He spent 1991-1992 as a participant in the PS1 artist's residency program in New York.
He has also created several works for theatre, including ‘sit.com’, which featured in the 1997 Perth Arts Festival.
Recent solo exhibitions include Derek Kreckler: Downstairs at Performance Space, Sydney, 2005; The Looking… and Other Outcomes at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, 2003, and at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 2001, and Blind Ned at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, also in 2001.