Name: Roslyn Serico


I was 12 years old when I started painting Aboriginal artifacts, and was first taught the technique by my brother Vincent and our step-mother (both deceased).

The way I paint Aboriginal art was developed from that beginning, and from learning about the Aboriginal visual culture and my tribal connections from Elders in Far North Queensland throughout the 1970’s.

In 1978, I was given my first opportunity to exhibit canvas artworks in a group exhibition held in Cairns. The other artists were Percy Trezise, (Junkinburri) Jimmy Archer, and Goobalathaldin (Dick Roughsey).

In the years between 1986- 1988, most of my canvas artworks were sold in Brisbane.

From 1985 to 1993, I was teaching the techniques of Aboriginal art practice to Aboriginal community people and school children in Far North Queensland and the Gulf region.

In 1990-1993, I was the Far North representative of a Queensland Indigenous Committee of Visual Artists (QICVA).

In 1993, I was selected by the QICVA Directors to attend the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands; to speak on the podium about the ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ and ‘Copyrights Issues’ concerns of Australia’s Aboriginal people.

Throughout 1997- 2003, I sold canvas artworks regularly to the Tjapukai Cultural Park in Cairns.

During my painting career I entered my artworks in Exhibitions in Mareeba, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra, and was also the Art Judge in Mareeba (1992) and Cairns (1995).

From 1993 to 2000, I traveled internationally to England, Netherlands, Switzerland and France to talk and exhibit my artworks and other Aboriginal artworks.

Professional Achievements:

2015 - Indigenous Arts Judge - Laura Dance Festival, Cape York

1995 - Arts Judge - Annual Cairns Art Exhibition / Cairns Art Gallery

1994 - Indigenous Artworks Judge - Mareeba Art Development Group

1993 - Australian Indigenous Ambassador for World's Indigenous Congress Amsterdam, (Presentation speech: "Intellectual Property and Copyrights Issues of Indigenous Australians)

Two most notable people who bought my artworks during Concert Tours to Australia were; Mick Jagger/Rolling Stones, in 1994, and Pavarotti (last tour) in 2007.

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