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Marina Strocchi (28 December 1961 –) is an internationally exhibited Australian painter and printmaker whose work is held in many national collections. Strocchi is based in Alice Springs and has worked extensively with Aboriginal artists in Central Australia.
Strocchi was born 28 December 1961 to an Italian father and Australian mother in Melbourne and was interested in art from a young age. After finishing school Strocchi studied a Bachelor of Art at Swinburne University of Technology where she completed a graphic design degree (1979-1982) and in the years following travelled extensively before choosing to move, for two years, to Paris.
In 1987 she returned from Paris following the death of her father.
Life in the Northern Territory
In January 1992 Strocchi visited Central Australia for the first time. She spent two weeks at Haasts Bluff where she delivered impromptu painting and printmaking workshops and began painting a series of small desert landscapes.
In August of 1992 Strocchi returned to Haasts Bluff where she, and her partner Wayne Eager, established what became known as Ikuntji Art Centre where she worked from 1992 to 1997. Throughout her time here Strocchi continued her to paint and exhibit.
After leaving Haasts Bluff, Strocchi moved to Alice Springs, continued to work with artists through a number of different organisations; includingBatchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Charles Darwin University, Irruntju Artists, Iwantja Art Centre, Ninuku Arts, Papunya Tula Artists, Tangentyere Artists, Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Warlukurlangu Artists.
Strocchi has also had solo success and has held 25 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in the United States and collections of her work is held in a number of state and national collections as well as in private and corporate collections including Artbank, Araluen Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and National Gallery of Victoria.
Strocchi has a distinctive style and Professor Sasha Grishin says:
"You can recognise a painting, print, or drawing by Marina Strocchi at twenty paces, the style is unconventional—something naive in its demarcation, generally warm in its colour palette, finely worked in its detail and frequently tinged with a sense of humour—yet there are no close lookalikes, her work does not remind yourself of someone else's art."— Professor Sasha Grishin, Marina Strocchi : a survey 1992–2014 (2015)
Strocchi has won numerous awards including the Broken Hill Art Award, Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, and the Country Women’s Association Tennant Creek Art Award. She has also been a finalist in the The Alice Prize, Togart Contemporary Art Award, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize and The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. She was also the recipient of the Northern Territory Government's Arts Fellowship Program in 2019.
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