Lucila Zentner

Lucila Zentner

  • Biography

    Lucila Zentner is an Australian oil painter artist.
    Lucila is best known for her exuberant florals; exploring repeating patterns in irreverent
    colours, often in thick delineated outlines, building on a childhood love of Margaret Preston,
    Gaugin and Van Gough. On a parallel track Lucila paints human characters in Kangaroo
    costume who perform obscure narratives. These characters, based on family members,
    were inspired by her young daughter in a mask that she made in primary school (seminal
    piece was chosen for the Salon des Refuses 2022). Lucila also paints landscapes and
    portraits, about 20 of which have been in National prize finals. In 2019-20 she was the
    winner of the AGES Society Art Prize. Having lived a decade in regional Victoria and NSW, the
    landscapes harken back to the Australian bush, where she and her husband started their
    family and life together. She has work in the permanent collection of the Gippsland Art
    Gallery (donated) and in the Lucas Community Centre Ballarat (commissioned) and the
    Ballarat St John of God Hospital Ballarat (commissioned).
    Lucila works in Medicine as a Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine Sprecialist; hence spends
    100% of the time either interpreting or creating images.
    ARTIST STATEMENT:
    "In the way one talks to a friend and takes pleasure in re-living a story;
    I paint to prolong a moment.
    Time is a Thief, and painting is my defence.
    In the way one listens to sad music to cry;
    I paint in protestation.
    In the way one talks to a friend to make sense of something;
    I paint to understand a subject.
    In the way one enjoys life and beauty simply and without reference to anyone else,
    I paint for the sheer love"
    Lucila Zentner 2015
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    BACKGROUND
    Main Art Studio: Wahroonga, NSW
    Regional Art Studio: Moama, NSW
    Concurrent work: Consultant Radiologist and Nuclear medicine Specialist
    AANMS Fellow: Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine 2009
    FRANZCR Fellow: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists 2008
    MBBS (HONS) University Sydney 2000
    BA (HONS) University Melbourne1993 
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    EXHIBITION AND COMPETITION (recent history only)
    2024
    Solo Exhibition Surrender, Owen Dixon Chambers East (Melbourne)
    2023
    Solo Exhibition Seaview Gallery
    Longlisted for Visual Artists Association (UK) professional prize: The tree at Mrs Macquarie's
    point

    Finalist National Capital Art Prize: Studio moments
    Finalist Vincent Prize: Martin as Sherlock Holmes
    Solo exhibition Purple Noon Gallery ' Impressions, Flowers and Landscapes in a moment'
    2022 
    Gippsland Art Gallery: Permanent collection 'After the Rain'
    Finalist: John Leslie art prize
    Finalist Basil Sellers art prize
    Semi-finalist Doug Moran National Portrait prize
    Solo Exhibition: My Flowers, Seaview Gallery Queenscliff 
    Finalist: Kangaroo Valley art prize 'The land itself grew in shapes to mimic his art"
    SALON DES REFUSES ('alternative' Archibald NSW) S.H Ervin Gallery National trust "Kangaroo
    Dreaming"
    Solo exhibition: Seaview Gallery Queenscliff VIC
    Solo exhibition: Murrurundi, Michael Reid, NSW- Dancing Poppies 
    2021
    Finalist: Hawkesbury Art Prize: KANGAROO DREAMING
    Finalist: Southern Buoy Landscape prize 'I closed my eyes and I could still see trees'
    Solo exhibition: Dancing Poppies, Murrurundi Michael Reid 
    Featured artist - A COUNTRY STYLE MAGAZINE “Picture this, Doctor-turned Artist draws on
    her love of the country to create oil paintings that sing of Australia’
    Group show with Michael Reid in conjunction with A Country Style Magazine
    Finalist: The Vincent Prize ‘Monday’s dream’
    Portrait used in back cover of published novel ‘Further Tales of a country Doctor’ by Dr Paul
    Carter
    2019-20 Winner AGES Society Art Prize

Showing all 9 artworks

Lucila Zentner

Still Life In Favourite Vase
83 x 66 cm Oil on Canvas Framed in Oak Float $4,200.00

Lucila Zentner

Studio Moments
66 x 83 cm Oil on Canvas Framed in Oak Float $4,200.00

Lucila Zentner

Dreamy Flowers
83 x 66 cm Oil on Canvas Framed in Oak Float $4,200.00

Lucila Zentner

Camelias On Red
83 x 66 cm Oil on Canvas Framed in Oak Float $4,200.00

Lucila Zentner

Flowers on Round Table
60 x 50 cm Oil on Canvas Framed in Oak Float $3,400.00

Lucila Zentner

Lemon Flowers On Tapestry
90 x 90 cm Oil on Canvas $4,800.00

Lucila Zentner

Flowers On Van Gough Yellow
83 x 66 cm Oil on Canvas $4,200.00

Lucila Zentner

Flowers on Cadmium Orange
90 x 90 cm Oil on Canvas $4,800.00

Lucila Zentner

Winter Feast
83 x 66 cm Oil on Canvas $5,200.00