Born in 1995, hailing from Longreach Queensland, Ethan-james Kotiau is an emerging contemporary aboriginal artist. His paintings draw on his ancestry with the Gunggari and Iningai tribes of central QLD. Ethan began painting in 2018 after living homeless out of an unregistered van in Brisbane QLD. Seeking inspiration, he visited a desert art exhibition in the city. The work impressed on him how vocal art can be in communicating culture to others. "I learnt from the exhibition that painting can be a powerful platform to communicate and preserve culture, this inspired me to paint, so my culture, whatever remains will survive." Ethan’s art practice is dedicated to forging a style unique to his 2 ancestral tribes. In his work he thoughtfully uses traditional elements in a contemporary way, to provoke nostalgia and optimism. Ethan’s paintings express storytelling with precision and fervour to gracefully frame the landscape of his 2 countries.
Ethan’s artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Brisbane, Queensland including: “Home” - Bib n Brace Collective, Tenerife, January 2020, “Creative Relief” - Aurecon Group, Brisbane, February 2020, and “Beginnings” - Back Dock Arts, Brisbane, February 2021. He is also represented by Ninbella (www.ninbella.com) in Bangalow, New South Wales. Ethan currently lives with his wife and paints from his studio in Terrigal, NSW.