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About the Artist
Robert Todonai was born on April 11th, 1963, at Port Augusta, South Australia. He began his art training at the Science-Art Research Centre at Berri, in South Australia's Riverland, in 1981, where he studied oil painting under Robert Pope. At the same time he embarked on a degree in Applied Mathematics, taken externally through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After two years of work, Todonai began to achieve some financial success with his art, and withdrew from mathematics to concentrate fully upon a career as a painter.
In 1990, after successful exhibitions in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, USA, Todonai moved to the beautiful Tweed Valley of Northern New South Wales, where, jointly with colleagues, Robert Pope and Irene Brown, he built an enormous stone mansion, now known as the Castle on the Hill. The Castle now functions as an award winning bed and breakfast, and has been the subject of numerous television, newspaper and magazine features. He works from his studio in the Castle.
Robert Todonai is a versatile artist. He works predominantly in oils and acrylics on stretched canvas, Belgian linen and primed hardboard. His favourite subjects include landscapes, figurative and historical themes. Although he is best known as a painter of the Australian landscape, he regularly accepts commissions covering a variety of subjects, from classic racing cars to portraits. He has appropriately been described as a 'narrative impressionist' as his romantic images evoke moods and atmosphere as well as telling a story. Each of Robert Todonai's paintings is a celebration of light, life and colour.
1988 - Artist to the Town of Loxton, South
2001 - Artist in Residence, 'Siteworks'
residency and exhibition, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery