Girramay Traditional Owner
Dena Leo is a Girramay woman of the Cardwell area. Her traditional name is Bunga Bunga Milbirrigun.
Dena uses painting as a media to communicate her traditional stories and themes. She finds inspiration from the teachings of her Elders and her strong cultural background, which she values proudly. She passes her traditional knowledge on to her family and the younger generation of Girramay people. She is also involved in the Girringun Traditional Knowledge Recording Project.
She has given many cultural talks to students, visitors and locals and is a gifted story teller.
Exposure and Exhibitions:
Dena’s work is held by a number of private collectors and her work has appeared as cover images for 2009 Issue 1 Australian Journal of Physiotherapy; “The Girringun Way: The integration of Aboriginal cultural and environmental knowledge systems with GIS for NRM application – and other cultural projects” 2007: and to promote “Mapping Cultural Heritage & Native Title” Fungis 2009.
2010 Touring exhibition Dena Leo: Bunga Bunga Milbirringun, Queensland Arts Council.
2009 Solo show Dena Leo: Bunga Bunga Milbirrigun, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Cardwell
2008 Solo exhibition at CRACA, Tully
2006 Wabu-barra: Art from the Rainforest, Townsville Cultural Centre