Salvatore Zofrea: 22 cool facts

By Gwylym Owen

Salvatore Zofrea OAM (born 1946) is an Italo-Australian artist and painter.

Zofrea was born in Borgia Italy, on the 1st January 1946 in, and emigrated to Australia in 1956, during the time in the same way as Italy was at war. before the move, life in southern Italy was tough. Clean water was difficult to find, food was becoming scarce, plumbing and child maintenance were appalling and education was neglected a propos entirely, leading one of the worst illiteracy rates in the world at the time. After his emigration and thriving settlement in Australia, Zofrea studied at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, and innovative privately past Henry V. Justelius. Naturally, having spent for that reason much of his time in Italy at church, he first discovered his talents for art next he would try to replicate some of the church’s statues using clay he found in manageable fields. There was with at lot of art in his area, which pushed Zofrea to attempt it for himself.

He often draws on literary, historical and religious sources to produce intriguing tableaux and has three grow old been awarded Australia’s most prestigious prize for a subject painting, the Sulman – in 1977, 1979 and 1982. In 1981 he normal the Power Bequest Grant to breakdown in Paris for six months. In 1985 he was awarded the Churchill Scholarship to examination fresco painting in Italy, which he accepted, and spent a year or so back up home, learning more tools of the trade.. He has been named one of the best painters in Australia. His commissions increase the acclaimed Sydney Morning Herald mural Justelius, the Power Studio in the Cite University, five panel mural for the State Bank of NSW, Sydney Opera House Fresco sponsored by Toshiba P/L in 1992, commissioned by the Darling Harbour Star City Casino in 1997, and a five panel mural “Celebration of Life – A Picnic at Clontarf” commissioned by the NRMA in 1998. Today, he is celebrated for his sensuous, expressionistic colour, and a richness of input from his imagination and experience.

He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2014 and 2018.

Many private collections in Australia and abroad as capably as some Australian university circles collections

Some of his more notable exhibitions and artwork series include:

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