SALVATORE ZOFREA


Zofrea was born in Borgia, Italy in 1946 and emigrated to Australia in 1956 at ten years old. Zofrea studied at the Julian Ashton School in Sydney and later privately with Henry V. Justelius. He draws on literary, historical and religious sources for his art and has three times been awarded Australia's most prestigious prize for subject painting; the Sulman Prize in 1977, 1979 and 1982. In 1981 he received the Power Bequest Grant to study in Paris for six months. In 1985 he was awarded the Churchill Scholarship to study fresco painting in Italy which he accepted and spent a year in his birth country. Known also as a portrait painter, he has received a number of commissions for portraits of prominent people. Major commissions include a five-panel mural for the State Bank of New South Wales, a fresco for the Sydney Opera House Trust and sponsored by Toshiba Pty Ltd in 1992 and a five panel mural Celebration of Life - A Picnic at Clontarf by the NRMA in 1998. He was a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize. Features of his surrealistic painting include sensuous, expressionistic colour and rich formal rhythm.

REPRESENTED
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Australian National University
National Gallery of Australia
New England Regional Art Gallery
Orange Art Gallery
Parliament House, Canberra
University of New South Wales
The Vatican, Rome
Other state and regional galleries