Ande Kempnich Terare is an Australian artist currently living in Sydney, born in 1970 on the North Coast of New South Wales (NSW) of Australia. Being the second youngest child in his familiy, Ande gained knowledge of Aboriginal traditional culture (especially language) from his older siblings and other relatives in his family.
Starting his art career at the tender age of 7, Ande began by using basic traditional symbols on boomerangs, woomeras and canvas. At the age of 17, Ande stopped art to concentrate on academic studies and went on to earn a degree – Bachelor of Education – at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.
Ande gained the position as “artist in residence” at Nunumbal Aboriginal Arts and Crafts, (headed by Jarwin Jagamarra in 1991), where he studied differences between central desert art and arts from the eastern seaboard. While he has a great respect and appreciation for the arts from the central desert, he is only permitted to paint images from his own land, Bundjalung Country.
His paintings depict the traditional ways of life, the land, the natural resources, ceremonies, stories and legends, and contemporary works which are largely influenced by his Aboriginal heritage.
Arone Raymond Meeks and Jeffrey Samuals, Indigenous Art of the Dreamtime, United Nations New York
Jinta Desert Art Gallery, Sydney
100 Fires Art Exhbition, Melbourne