Artistic Director and Sculptor
Highly acclaimed South Australian sculptor, Silvio was the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium 2012, 2014, 2016 and Sculptor’s @ Crystal Lake symposium 2015 and 2017. Silvio has works that enrich communities and public spaces throughout South Australia and internationally. He played dual roles in 2012 as a participating sculptor producing ‘Le Peloton” now located on the Hills Sculpture Trail at Balhannah as well as Artistic Director for the event.
Silvio’s love of nature and Australian wildlife has inspired much of his work and currently his focus, highlighting Australia’s rich paleontological record,will form the sculpture theme inspiring his work at the Sculptor’s @ Crystal Lake 2017 symposium where he will be both Artistic Director and participating sculptor.
Marijan Bekic was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and moved around Central Europe finally achieving his ambition of a formal degree in arts and sculpting in Berne. He settled in Australia in 1989 and has a studio at Wudinna SA. He is best known for the giant 8 metre high, 30 tonne granite sculpture the “Australian Farmer” in Wudinna. At the 2016 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium he dramatically captured dynamic movement in his work “Stargate” which is installed at the Mick Murphy Park, Old Princes Highway at Nairne. His sculpture at Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2017 will continue this theme.
Jina Lee is a South Korean stone sculptor based in Perth, Western Australia. Jina completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Korean National University of Cultural Heritage in South Korea in 2003 and her Master of Fine Arts at Kookmin University, South Korea in 2009. She has presented her sculptures at solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, international art fairs and sculpture symposiums in South Korea, Australia and Japan. She has produced sculptures for public spaces in South Korea and Australia and for private collections in South Korea, Switzerland and Australia.
She has been involved in a variety of exhibitions including the Five Continents International Stone Sculpture Symposium 2016 – Japan; Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2015 & 2016 – awarded the ‘NAB Artist Subsidies 2016’; Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2015 and Sculpture at Bathers 2015 and has been an artist in residence at Greg James Sculpture Studio in Fremantle, WA since 2014. Jina assisted the visiting sculptors at the 2016 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium.
Barry had a workshop at the Jam Factory in Payneham and made art and craft items which he sold through a number of craft galleries across Australia. Barry has worked for Silvio Apponyi on a casual basis where he learnt to work with a wide range of media including wood, stone and bronze.
Barry has a keen interest in natural organic forms – combining his science training and art upbringing. Barry assisted the sculptors at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposiums. He participated in the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2015 Symposium.
Peter’s sculptures are inspired from an obsession with fractals – the infinite patterns replicated throughout all forms of nature. He works mainly in bronze, and metal but has been exploring new forms in marble over recent years.
He has taken part in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize four times, and was awarded second prize in 2008. Peter has also taken part in many group exhibits including: “Sculpt Invitational” Fleurieu Art Prize, Burnside Village Sculpture Prize, and the Heysen Sculpture Biennial where he won the peoples choice award in 2012. Peter is a represented artist of the Hill Smith Gallery. He assisted the visiting sculptors at the 2014 and 2016 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium. He participated in the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2015 symposium.
John Nelson is an Adelaide born sculptor who has been working primarily in bronze and silver since the mid 1990’s, exhibiting in various venues throughout South Australia. He has made public works for the City of Adelaide and Mt Gambier Councils and was the Overall Winner of the Waterhouse Art Prize in 2006.
John also enjoys working in stone and produced works at the 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 International Limestone Symposium at Mt Gambier. He also assisted the visiting sculptors at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium. He participated in the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2015 Symposium.
Tim’s sculptures are abstract representations of emotions, experiences and stories to be told. He works in marble, granite. He has exhibited in the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures for several consecutive years, Spring Art at Loreto also consecutively, in Harbour Sculpture – Sydney in 2013 and 2014 as well as several other group exhibitions. His work is held in several private collections around Australia. He assisted the visiting sculptors at the 2014 and 2016 Adelaide Hills lnternational Sculpture Symposiums. He participated in the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2015 symposium.
Ben has studied Fine Arts (furniture design) at the University of Tasmania and works in stone and wood. He is a self taught stone sculptor working in bluestone and limestone His work is influenced by his life experiences and extensive travel. He has exhibited at Henry Jones Design (the Federal Group) Tasmania. Ben assisted the visiting sculptors at the 2014 and 2016 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium. Ben’s preference for realism is much in demand and recent commissions include Sea Farers Lost At Sea monument, and a commission for St Marys College of a life size statue of iconic Irish Saint “Nano Nagel”. He participated in the Sculptor’s @ Crystal Lake 2015 symposium.
Sculptors in the 2015 Sculptors @ Crystal Lake Symposium were Silvio Apponyi Artistic Director, Ruth Gregor, Barry Lincoln, Evan Marker, John Nelson, Astra Parker, Tim Spooner, Peter Syndicas, Ben Tolhurst, Sally Wickes and Emad El Mairy.
Marble for the 2015 Sculptors @ Crystal Lake was generously donated by Bert Davis and the Davis family to establish a sculpture park at Crystal Lake.
This marble, from historic local quarries, was used in the construction of the SA War Memorial on North Terrace Adelaide, the Clarendon weir and sculptures along the ‘Adelaide Hills Sculpture Trail’ at Macclesfield, Meadows, Langhorne Creek, Lobethal and Mount Barker.