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Victor Motlop, Kubin Village, Mua Island, Torres Strait Artist

Victor Motlop

Born 11th Dec 1961

Born:            Thursday  Island Queensland.
Resides:       Kubin Village, Moa Island Torres Strait Islands
Tribe:            Wagadagam
Language:    Kala lagaw ya. Torres Creole
Art Centre:    Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts, Moa Island


Lino-cut, etching, painting on paper and canvas, ceramic, batik and Screen-printing.


  • Winner 2010 Torres Trait Islands Art  Award, Gab Titui Cultural  Centre 
  • Finalist 2011 Silk Cut Awards – Glen Eira Council Victoria
  • NAIDOC Community Award 2011
  • Finalist 2011 Fremantle Art Centre Print Awards


  • Artbank
  • Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld
  • Kubin Council
  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra
  • Cambridge University Museum, UK


  • 2001 - 2004 Gelam Nguzu Kazi - Gelam My Son, Travelling Exhibition.
  • 2001 Trackin Kultja, Australian National Museum, Canberra, ACT
  • 2001 Thaigy Minaral - Beautiful Patterns, Port Kennedy Hall, Thursday Island, Qld.
  • 2001 Gatherings, Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Qld.
  • 2002 Paipa -'Windward'. National Museum of Australia, Canberra ACT
  • 2002 Zugu Bau Thi Thuil - Seven Stars, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne Vic


"I am a member of the 'Wagadagam' tribe and grew up in Bamaga. Most of my schooling was done in Bamaga, where one of my favourite subjects was art. This also became my hobby. After leaving school I stayed in Bamaga to gain experience in arts and crafts, specializing in painting, woodcarving and weaving.

After leaving school I had a job as a cray fisherman, trocus diver and carpenter. I teamed up with Dennis Nona and joined the newly formed Mualgau Minnaral Artist group on Moa Island, where I learned to express my traditional culture through linocuts and limited edition prints.

My culture and day-to-day living was passed down to me from generation to generation and I am proud to display some of this culture in my art and crafts."