King Street Gallery on William

Leo Robba was born in Bundaberg, Queensland in 1962. Since graduating from the Queensland College of Art in 1982, he has had 35 solo exhibitions and been hung in more than 250 group exhibitions both in Australia and internationally.

Robba completed a Master’s in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2008, and in 2017 he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy of Fine Art from ANU, Canberra. His doctorate, titled The Artist’s Garden: Reshaping the Landscape, investigated the artist’s garden tradition and formal aspects and distinctive features of garden design and culture. This practice-led research explored historic images and the implications of the Colonial Picturesque including their socio-political context and how they continue to inform the work of many contemporary Australian and international artists. This work also focused on ‘landscape culture’, linking it to colonisation and Aboriginal dispossession resulting from notions of transformation and man’s primacy over nature.

Leo’s work has been exhibited across Australia in both state and regional galleries, and has been included in various travelling shows across New Zealand and Japan.

Leo has been represented by King Street Gallery since 2011. He lives and works in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.



Leo Robba interview with Richard Morecroft April 2020 via zoom

Your Friend the Enemy

Leo Robba at the Everglades

Solo exhibitions [selected]

Gardens: Fragments of life and loss King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Looking through trees…looking through windows King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Inside Shadows King Street Gallery on William

The Artist’s Gardens King Street Gallery on William
Newcastle Picturesque and the English Garden The John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle

Recent Paintings Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
En Plein Air Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
From Dungog to Newcastle and Back Again John Miller Gallery, Newcastle.

Regionalism in Australian Landscape Painting Newcastle University Gallery, Newcastle
Heysen Trail SOMA Gallery, Adelaide
Blood Trees Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
Romancing the Landscape Max Watters and Leo Robba, Maitland Regional Gallery, Maitland

Gardens of Eden and Other Views Damien Minton Gallery

Around Dungog The Dungog Art Gallery
Perfect One Day Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane
Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney

Bowen Galleries, Wellington, NZ
Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane

Access Contemporary Art Gallery

Access Contemporary Art Gallery

Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery

The Beatty Gallery, Sydney

Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery
The Beatty Gallery
Bowen Galleries NZ

The Beatty Gallery

Bowen Galleries NZ

Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery

Bowen Galleries

Holdsworth Contemporary

Holdsworth Contemporary

Gallery One, Sydney

Wickham Street Gallery, Brisbane

Spring Hill Gallery, Brisbane

Group Exhibitions [selected]

Inside/Outside King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Plein Air Painting Prize NSW Parliament House Sydney

Plein Air Painting Prize NSW Parliament House Sydney
May Space, Sydney

Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

30 Years 30 Artists Brenda May Gallery, Sydney
Your Friend the Enemy S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Drill Hall and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
Garden of Earthly Delights, QUT Brisbane, Qld
The Piano has been Drinking [Not Me] Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Gallipoli Art Prize Gallipoli Memorial Club, Sydney
Sulman Prize AGNSW, Sydney
Newcastle University Art Prize, Newcastle, NSW

Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Gallipoli Art Prize Gallipoli Memorial Club

Larapinta Trail Artist Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, NSW
Salon des Refuses S.H. Ervin, Sydney

Virtual Reality: Interpreting the Landscape [King Street Gallery @ Newcastle University Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
IN [TWO] ART Maitland Regional Gallery, travelling: SH Ervin Gallery; Orange Regional Gallery;  Goulburn Regional Art Gallery; Swan Hill Regional Gallery; Wollongong City Gallery, NSW; Dalby Regional Gallery, Qld; Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW; Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Qld

Sydney’s Contested Landscapes: Art meets science Art & About, Customs House Forecourt, Sydney
The Larapinta Defiance Gallery. Sydney

Water King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
On the Larapinta 2010 Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane, Qld

Stations of the Cross St Ives uniting Church
Salon des Refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

On the Heysen Trail S.H. Ervin Gallery
Christmas Show Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
Kedumba Drawing Prize Kedumba
Postcards 3 John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle
Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
ACAF .8 Bowen Galleries, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
The Great Australian BBQ Wilson Street Gallery, Newtown
Salon de Refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery


Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery, Qld
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
Knox Grammar, Sydney NSW
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
National Gallery of Australia, ACT
Phillips Fox New Zealand
Tel Pacific Sydney, NSW
The Bundanon Trust Collection NSW
University of Newcastle NSW

Gardens: Fragments of life and loss

Looking through trees... looking through windows 2015

Memorial tins 2015

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Gardens inside shadows 2013

New paintings 2012

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Newcastle picturesque & the English Garden 2011

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Your friend the enemy

What's on: Art - Leo Robba and Peter O'Doherty

Sydney Morning Herald

March 2020

Hilston, Springwood, NSW by Helen Young

The Weekend Australian

27 January 2018

Gardens of Earthly delight by Phil Brown

Courier Mail pg. 14

14 March 2015

Australia Day 2014

Sydney Morning Herald


Australia Day 2013

The Age


Robba: Gallipoli Prize

A Gallipoli Club publication


Sydney's Contested Landscapes: Art meets science

Art and About Sydney

September / October 2011

Echoes of greatness by John McDonald

Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

22-23 November 2009