Biennale of Sydney

Teho Ropeyarn

Teho Ropeyarn, Ulada, 2017. Ink and mixed media vinyl-cut print on 300gsm Hahnemühle paper, 170 x 100 cm. Edition of 10. Courtesy the artist and Onespace Gallery. Photograph: Michael Marzik.
Teho Ropeyarn, Uyinthayn, 2017. Ink and mixed media vinyl-cut print with acrylic wash on 300gsm Hahnemühle paper. Edition of 10. 180 x 124 cm. Courtesy the artist and Onespace Gallery. Photograph: Michael Marzik.
Teho Ropeyarn, Lukuyn Apudthama, 2017. Two-colour ink, vinyl-cut print on 300gsm Hahnemühle paper, Edition of 5 (State II). 124 x 220cm. Courtesy the artist and Onespace Gallery. Photograph: Michael Marzik.

Teho Ropeyarn

Born in 1988, in Mount Isa, Australia
Lives in Cairns, Australia
Angkamuthi and Yadhaykana


Teho Ropeyarn is an artist and curator from Injinoo, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. Ropeyarn is descended from the Angkamuthi and Yadhaykana clans from Injinoo on the mainland, Badu, Moa and Murray Island in the Torres Strait; Woppaburra people (Great Keppel Island) and Badtjala people (Fraser Island). His practice is focused on his father’s people’s heritage and on preserving and documenting permitted stories and knowledge passed down from Elders. The narratives in his work explore several traditional and historical stories including significant events, dreaming sites, totems, the four clan groups that make up the Injinoo peoples and ceremonial body designs encompassing spiritual connection to Country and community on both land and sea.