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Born in Croatia 1938, Dabro came to Canberra in 1968. He is considered one of the foremost figurative sculptors in Australia. Dabro graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia, 1966. He went on to teach at the Canberra School of Art (Australian National University), through its multiple manifestations, from 1969-2004.
As well as contributing to the development of other artists through his teaching career, Dabro has contributed to the cultural landscape of Canberra through his commissioned work of the Royal Australian Navy Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra (1984-86). Dabro’s artistic achievements include many other awards and commissions, for instance, the Churchill Fellowship (1982). He has had numerous solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions; two significant solo exhibitions of his include the 1999 retrospective of his work at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra, and the Humanscape exhibition in Kyoto, Japan (2004).
Dabro’s artistic vision embraces the human form as if it were the wellspring of his creativity. His joy in communicating to the viewer his passion for human emotions and motives are beautifully expressed in his two bronze works: Moon Dancing and Now you see me, now you don’t.
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