Clan groups: Dugul-barra and Wari-barra
Language groups: Dryibal language family group, Mamu people
Melanie Hava was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, in 1982 and she currently lives and work in Cairns, Queensland.
Melanie’s exquisite seascape paintings often incorporate silver and gold leaf as well as Swarovski crystal and depict the marine life that abounds in the tropical waters of Far North Queensland.
When she was 23 years old, Melanie travelled to Austria to live with her father's family and learn about European culture. On returning to Australia she moved to Cairns, Queensland, to be close to her mother's country. It is here that she feels at home and at one with the spirit of the rainforest and reef animals. Her work is a unique fusion of cultural influences from both sides of her family.
Destination North II
27 Jun – 22 Aug 2020
ARTNOW FNQ 2019
13 Dec 2019 – 2 Feb 2020
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