Wilma Tabacco

Born Italy | Lives Australia

Born in the province of L’Aquila, Italy, Wilma Tabacco has lived in Australia since childhood, yet her diverse art practice reflects her Italian heritage and her fascination with western European archeology and history. Primarily an abstract painter, Wilma’s practice has expanded and contracted over the years to include elements of installation, collage and work on paper. Wilma’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (1972), a Diploma of Education (1973), a Master of Arts (1995) and a PhD (2006). She has lectured variously in painting, drawing and printmaking at the University of Melbourne, Canberra School of Arts and at RMIT as part of the international programme in Hong Kong and in Melbourne.

She has received several grants from the Australia Council Visual Arts and Craft Board including a studio residency in Italy, and has also worked and exhibited in Seoul as the recipient of an Asialink residency in Korea.


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Born L’Aquila, Italy, lives Australia


1979     Diploma of Fine Art at Phillip Institute, Melbourne

1995     Master of Arts, RMIT University, Melbourne

2006     PhD, RMIT University, Melbourne


Anglican Church Grammar, Queensland

Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

Artbank, NSW

Australian National University, Canberra

Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria

Bendigo Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

Canberra University Collection, ACT

Canson Australia Pty Ltd

Charles Sturt University, N.S.W

Deakin University Collection, Melbourne

Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Italy

Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria

Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW

Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar, Melbourne

Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Victoria

Latrobe University Gallery, Melbourne

Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria

Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Print Council of Australia, Melbourne

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Tasmania

RMIT University Collection, Melbourne

University of Southern Queensland, Queensland

University of Tasmania, Hobart

Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

Waverley City Gallery, Melbourne

Private Collections in Australia, USA, France and Italy