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Amalia Grimaldi


Tutoring in Drawing
 
Amalia was born in Salvador, the capital city of Bahia Province in Brazil in 1943.  Between 1974 and 1992, she worked among indigenous tribes as a peripatetic dentist in the Amazon jungles bordering Brazil, Columbia and Peru. Then in 1992 she immigrated to Australia where she settled in Darwin. As the process of professional recognition was very difficult, she instead used TAFE as a way to open up new opportunities. She eventually ended up at Nhulunbuy High School in the Gulf of Carpentaria as a teacher aide that included children with disabilities and children from the Marika and Yunupingu clans.
 
Amalia had always enjoyed drawing and painting, and was always drawn to the mysticism of indigenous religion and rituals she found among the peoples of the remote Amazon and Gulf of Carpentaria. She married these two interests to inform her inclusion work with the children at Nhulunbuy High School. Given the success of this approach, she then started after-school art classes at home for the children, and later also conducted workshops for the adults in the evenings.  For the 1998 Darwin Fringe Festival, she exhibited 8 paintings.
 
Amalia stayed in Nhulunbuy for ten years, then returned to Brazil in 2002, where she once again took up her previous profession. In 2015 she returned to Australia to be near her daughter and grandchildren. She now lives in Melbourne.
 
Amalia is still interested in art. She sees free flowing line drawing as a way to access our inner thoughts, character and aesthetic sensibilities.