Ron Gomboc

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Ron Gomboc
Born Ratimir Marijan Gomboc
(1947-07-24) 24 July 1947 (age 67)
Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
Nationality Australian
Education Claremont School of Art
Perth Technical College
Known for Sculpture
Awards Western Australian Citizen of the Year - 1993

Ratimir Marijan "Ron" Gomboc is an Australian sculptor.


Gomboc was born in 1947 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Yugoslavia and received his early schooling in the town of Novi Vinodolski, Croatia. At the age of 13 he emigrated to Australia with his parents. On arriving in Australia he worked as a cabinet maker and builder before joining the Australian Army in 1969. After finishing his National Service in 1971 he enrolled in an art course at Claremont School of Art. During the 1970s he studied art and sculpture at Midland Technical College and Perth Technical College. At Midland he came under the tutelage of Guy Grey-Smith, a notable modernist artist.[1][2][3]


In 1982 opened the Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park in Middle Swan on the outskirts of Perth.[1]

After the death of actor Heath Ledger, Gomboc was commissioned to create a memorial sculpture that was installed at Point Heathcote in Applecross. The three piece sculpture features yin and yang and a chessboard, a reference to Ledger's spiritual beliefs and his love of chess. Gomboc had been a friend of the Ledger family for over 30 years.[4]

Gomboc was commissioned in 2011 by the Australian Film Institute to design a statuette for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.[5][6][7]


In 1993 Gomboc was Western Australian Citizen of the Year in the Art Culture and Entertainment category. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for services to art.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "R.M. (Ron) Gomboc - Biography". Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "8 Art Projects" (PDF). Midland Redevelopment Authority. p. 13. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Ljiljanna Ravlich, Member for East Metropolitan (28 June 2011).$FILE/C38%20S1%2020110628%20p5042b-5043a.pdf |chapter-url= missing title (help) (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Western Australia: Legislative Council. 
  4. ^ "Ledger Artwork A Moving Tribute". City of Melville. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Prevdonik, Rashelle (2 September 2011). "Gomboc's design shines". Echo News. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Bailey, Megan (2 January 2012). "WA sculptor design to rival Oscar". The West Australian. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Story of the Statuette". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Australian Film Institute. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Arts, Culture and Entertainment Award". Celebrate WA. Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gomboc, Ratimir Marijan - Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 1 May 2012.