National Award and Multiple Award winning artist.
Lani Balzan is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Wiradjuri people of the three-river tribe. Her family originates from Mudgee but she grew up all over Australia and lived in many different towns starting her business in the Illawarra NSW and recently relocating to Mid-North Queensland.
Lani is a nationally recognised Aboriginal Artist; her career started in 2014 when she designed a painting for the Cultural Season Art Competition and was announced as the winner. This painting was displayed and presented by MP Fiona Scott at the Ngarra Aboriginal Knowledge Centre.
Lani also entered into a competition for the St Vincent Hospital in Sydney which she was announced as the winner. This saw her design used for their uniforms, website and Aboriginal Health Unit within the hospital.
Over the next 2 years Lani continued to create amazing art for many people, companies and organisations. In 2015 the NSW Police Force commissioned a painting to be used for the NSW Police Legacy Ball which was auctioned off to raise money for police officers and their families. The painting was purchased by then Assistant Commissioner Catherine Burn.
In 2016 Lani was asked to paint a design for the St George Illawarra Dragon’s for their Indigenous round. This painting was used by the Dragons to design their Indigenous Jersey that was worn by all the players. The St George Illawarra Dragons were extremely happy with the design from Lani she continued to design artworks for their Indigenous rounds for the next 4 years - 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Lani’s continued success didn’t stop there, also in 2016 she was announced as the 2016 NAIDOC Poster Competition winner with her artwork “Songlines”. This poster was used as the 2016 NAIDOC theme across the country and was huge success in her career. During the 2016 NAIDOC week celebrations Lani was interviewed by local i98 FM in the Illawarra along with ABC News about her design and what it meant.
Lani has now been creating art for over 10 years now and has had continued success across the country. One of her biggest goals and inspirations with creating her artwork is to develop a better connection to her culture and to continue to work towards reconciliation; bringing people and communities together to learn about what amazing culture we have here in Australia.
2016 NADIOC "Songlines" Artwork
My artwork titled "Songlines" was selected as the winner and used throughout Australia to celebrate NAIDOC week.
“Dreaming stories are presented as elaborate song cycles (Songlines) that relate to a specific place, group or individual.
Dreamtime ancestors made Songlines as part of the creation story to provide a map of the landscape, and represent the relationships between the lands, the sea and the people.
The painting represents all of the songlines coming together to create our nation. You can see how they criss-cross the land as they run east, west, north, south, and diagonally across the country to track the journeys of our ancestors”.