Ante Dabro (born 13 January 1938, Čavoglave, Croatia) is a Croatian-born Australian artist/sculptor and art teacher who has lived and worked in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory since the late 1960s.
Dabro's sculptures are typified by angular form; many are nudes and bronzes. His work is said to embody universal themes, "suffering, hope, sexuality, heroism, spirituality" but also silently acknowledge the 'outsider'.
A selection of Dabro's works are listed:
- Royal Australian Navy Memorial, Canberra - Sailors and Ships - Interaction and Interdependence (1986), unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 1986-03-03, the 75th anniversary of the Navy.
- Australian National University:
- Brindabella Business Park, Canberra Airport; these are in the collection of the airport's owner, Terry Snow, and are on loan to BBP:
- Canberra City
- "Resilience" (2009)
- Saint Matthew, (1984), St Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Page, ACT
Genesis signature incorporating the face of Chiko (Australian Silky Terrier)
Sisters , (1985), two life-sized bronze nudes, Queensland Art Gallery
- 1964 - graduate, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb
- 1966 - Master of Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb
- 1967 - emigrated to Australia, settled in Canberra
- 1971-2004 - teacher, School of Art, Australian National University
- 1984-6 - commission, Royal Australian Navy Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra
- 1999 - Retrospective solo exhibition, 1969–99, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
- 2005 - commissions, for Terry Snow and Canberra Airport
On the Staircase is a group of four stylised male figures, progressively smaller as they are further up a staircase of diminishing size, all in bronze. The figures are each reading a book. It cost $80,000. After it was again vandalised, in the local media it was attributed to Ante Dabro. Yet, it had been attributed correctly weeks earlier by another outlet to Danish artist, Keld Moseholm Dabro was quoted in local media, as being upset to the vandalism of art, perhaps adding to the confusion among the media. The smallest figure was removed on 8 December 2013, with the act visible on footage from a CCTV camera, with two women shown shortly before the theft. After the publicity, on the following day the figure was turned in to a local ACT Police station.
- Ante Dabro: Croatian born-Australian Sculptor, Dr Peter Read, Australian National University, accessed 29 January 2008
- Sculpture on Acton Campus (brochure), Australian National University, accessed 29 January 2008
- The Bathers unveiled, The Hub magazine, Canberra Airport, February 2006, accessed 29 January 2008
- Artist in residence, Brindabella Business Park website, accessed 2009-08-23
- Governor General of Australia to open sculpture by world-renowned Artist Ante Dabro, media release, 2009-06-02, accessed 2009-08-23
- Petrie Plaza sculpture vandalised again, figure stolen, Stephanie Anderson and Ben Westcott, Canberra Times, 9 December 2013
- Stairway sculpture hit again by thieves in Civic, ABC News Online, 9 December 2013
- Little guys are back with some big-time protection, Helena Virgo, Canberra Times, 30 October 2013, accessed 9 December 2013
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