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Abramo Papp was born in Genoa, Italy, to an Italian mother and a Hungarian father and migrated to Australia in 1954 at the age of three. Although showing some promise as an artist while still at school, he went on to study and practice Architecture most of his working life with the occasional return to art classes at the Brisbane Institute of Art (BIA) in 1986 and 1988.
In 2005 he retired from architecture and moved from the Western suburbs in Brisbane to Manly on Moreton Bay because of his passion for sailing and the water. From 2006 to 2010 he resumed art classes at the BIA, attending courses regularly and in 2010 with his group of fellow student artists decided to hold a group exhibition and form the ‘Friday 13 Group’ which continues to meet and paint at the BIA studios on a weekly basis, hold regular exhibitions and enter art competitions. In 2009 he moved to Russell Island to moor his boat ‘Prelude’ and set up his studio.
In 2011, he undertook 3 years training in Transpersonal Art Therapy to explore more deeply the ‘psyche’ of art from a perspective different from convention art training. From this training, he developed a course ‘Unleashing Your Inner Artist’ which introduces the art experience for people in a more intuitive and less formal / threatening way. In 2013, he came upon Merv Moriarty’s ‘Colour, the Definitive Guide’ which brought him full circle to finally completing his understanding of colour, first studied during his art and architecture training in the mid 60’s and 70’s. Since 2014 his practice includes running courses at the BIA on colour, oil painting and his own ‘Unleashing Your Inner Artist’..
August- Finalist Brisbane Art Prize
June - First prize, Landscape Nundah Community Art Prize
May – Group 1 Gallery Finalist, Lethbridge 10000 Art Awards
March – Acquisition by the Redland City Council "Girt By Sea” Exhibition
March - Peoples’ Choice Award, Redland City Council "Girt By Sea” Exhibition
February – First Prize, Royal Queensland Art Society’s "Artist’s Choice” exhibition.
2014 - August: Qld RNA Show - 3rd Prize Sea Scapes
2012 - Art From The Margins (AFTM) Awards - Commendation
2011 - Nundah Village art competition - First prize for Landscape BIA Members Exhibition Hangers' prize
2010 - The Nundah Village Art Competition – New Artist Award NC Dimensions – Open 2D – Highly Commended
2009 - The Nundah Village Art Competition, 2nd prize, Landscape.
The Churchie, national emerging art exhibition, finalist
Royal Queensland Art Society, 'Artstate Awards', judges mention.
Jan, Feb, May, Aug, Oct. 2017: Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane Various Exhibitions
June 2017: COSSAG Art Awards & Exhibition, St Stephen's precinct, Brisbane
January 2017: Tutors Exhibition at Metcalf Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art
April 2016: BIA Members Exhibition at Metcalf Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art
October 2014: 'The Friday 13 Group' exhibition at the Percolator Gallery
2013 - Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) Touring Exhibition 2013.
November 2012 - 'The Friday 13' Group', Metcalfe Gallery (formerly Gallery Nona), Brisbane Institute of Art (BIA)
May 2012: BIA Members Exhibition, Gallery Nona, BIA
April 2011: BIA Members Exhibition, Gallery Nona, BIA
May 2010: 'The Friday 13' Group, Gallery Nona, BIA
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