About the artist
Mother’s decent: Birrigubba Clan, the Traditional people of the Burdekin area
Father’s decent: Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres Strait Island
Aicey Zaro was born in Ayr, North Queensland Australia; his mother is an Aboriginal descendant of the Birrigubba Clan of the Traditional people of the Burdekin area, North Queensland. His father is from Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres Straits, which is the northern-most part of Queensland situated between the tip of the Cape York Peninsula, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Aicey developed a very recognizable style while attending an art course at the Burdekin Institute of TAFE in Home Hill (1999-2004. His artworks reflect his love for the flora and fauna of the land and sea of Tropical North, Queensland Australia. His extensive understanding of Torres Strait Island history and identity is proudly embedded in his arts practice. Zaro’s work has been featured in group exhibitions including; Queensland’s 150 years at Umbrella Studio, Now and Then: 150 Years of Art Making, as well as exhibitions in Queensland Galleries, Hawaii, and Melbourne. He is a founding member of Murris in ink and a participant in Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2009 and 2010. His work was included in Ngapa Kai Kai, a folio of linocut prints which toured Qld and NSW.
His works are in prominent private and public collections including the Queensland State Library, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia.
“My Father is from the Torres Strait, Murray Island. My Mother is of Birringubba Country and South Sea Island decent. Both my mother and father’s people have allot to do with Salt Water. These mono prints depict the fauna that is found in and on the sea and have played a significant role in my upbringing through this day. The colours used are of the sea and the land. I have used the netting texture to give the work more of a sea feel and an underwater perspective. The designs in the background represent my cultural influences. These shapes and forms imply traditional instruments, head dress, costumes and carved totems.”