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Mal's Biography


Mal Valmadre has been interested in drawing and painting since the late 1970s. In 1983, his career had swung away from the laboratory in Darwin where he was cloning tropical fruit trees to a job in a busy picture framing shop in Sydney.

"I really enjoyed botanical drawings and the visual language of detailed microscopic drawings, but working in a framing shop really exposed me to vibrant art from all over the world."

In the early 1990's, Mal studied drawing and painting at the Queensland College of Art. "Les Melton was a big influence on me during my time at QCA. He's a good storyteller – to me, this is a part of  being a painter."

Mal works in a variety of media including acrylic and oil on canvas, pastels, printing, photography and mixed media.

Mal has also designed and produced large banners for the Stradbroke Island Youth Theatre Festival, the Valley Blues Festival and local bands around Brisbane. He has designed a CD cover and sleeve for local blues singer Dick Martini and his band.

In 1998 he was commissioned by the United Nations affiliated Soka Gakkai International to design posters, banners and a glass sculpture to promote an international travelling exhibition and seminar.  His design was also used on the cover of the Soka Gakkai International magazine which has a readership of half a million people.

Mal has been selling work in Brisbane with solo exhibitions at
  • The Red Chair, Paddington (1993-4);
  • Alberto's, Paddington (1995);
  • Su Casa, Milton (1997-8);
  • 29 High St, Toowong (1999);
  • University of Queensland Staff Club (2001);
Mal also has his work on display at cafés around Brisbane and at his office and studio in Sherwood, Brisbane.