Kurun Warun was born in Victoria at Healesville in 1966. His mother was of Gunditjmara descent from the Western District Lakes region of Victoria. Kurun Warun learnt painting and music from an early age from his mother, but was also trained as a boxer from his father’s Italian side of the family.
Kurun Warun takes the name given by his great uncle from Mortlake area, a name which means Hissing Swan. Today Kurun Warun lives and works in the Noosa hinterland of south east Queensland, having created an international reputation as an artist and musician. His skill as a didgeridoo player has seen him perform around Australia, in Italy and Korea, and he participated at the ceremonies for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Kurun Warun continues the great Aboriginal tradition of telling stories of the people and their environment, how they lived in their country and managed its resources. Kurun Warun refers to his work as “living culture – our story”. His paintings use bold colour to represent the elements of the natural worls and Aboriginal traditional life. Aboriginal art status – Mid career artist.