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Monday 15 July 2024


26 August 2022 - 02 October 2022


Aicey Zaro

Aicey Zaro, Gudgan Dulla (Tall Trees), 2022, Acrylic and enamel on canvas, 166 x 126.5cm.

Aicey Zaro's latest body of work explores his connection to Country and place through his mother and her Country. Zaro's mother is a Juru Traditional Owner of the Birrigubba Clan, the people of the Burdekin area, where he is now based. 

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 was 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.

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Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region - Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal - as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

Umbrella is a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.