Timor-Leste: Portrait of a Nation

Gallery Open Daily 9.30am to 4pm

29 October – 17 November

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 from 6 to 8pm

Foyer Gallery

Free entry

Wheelchair Accessible

Timor-Leste: Portrait of a Nation
by Jacinto Batista

Jacinto Batista is a rising star in the field of visual arts in Timor-Leste. He was born in Mehara, Lautem district, Timor-Leste in 1979.

Incapacitated by the sudden onset of a spinal condition at the age of 20, Jacinto began to explore painting as a means of giving expression to his physical suffering and love for his country and national culture. His oil paintings depict scenes of traditional village life and the beauty and dignity to be found in the daily existence of ordinary men, women and children.

In spite of never receiving any formal instruction in the visual arts, Jacinto is an exceptionally gifted artist and portrait painter, inspired by the work of artists of the photorealism style.

Image credit:
Detail of painting by Jacinto Batista
Domin ho Sakrifisiu (Love and Sacrifice), 2019

This exhibition is supported by:
Good Business Foundation / Peter McMullin
Xanana Gusmão Reading Room (Dili, Timor-Leste)
Rotary Australia World Community Service / Rotary Club of Melbourne

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