Mari Funaki was born in Matsue, Japan in 1950.
She arrived Melbourne in 1979 where she now lives and works. In 1993 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Gold & Silversmithing, at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. She is the founder and director of Gallery Funaki since 1995.
She has received the Australia Council Grant in 1993, 1998, 2004 and recipient of Herbert Hofmann prize in 1996 and 1999.
She exhibits in Australia, Asia, USA and Europe.
Her works are held in the collections including Die Neue Sammlung, München, Germany; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; City of Hobart Council, Hobart; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.