Gabrielle Pizzi

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Gabrielle Pizzi (1940 – 5 December 2004) was an Australian art dealer who promoted Aboriginal art from the Western Desert from the early 1980s.

Early life

Born Gabrielle Wren, in Sydney she moved to Hobart when she was five years old. Later she moved to Melbourne as a teenager.


PIizzi created Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1987 in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and soon became known as a pioneer for Aboriginal art who treated the artists with integrity and respect. She held many one-man shows and group shows in her gallery, and she sold works which often collected high prices.

In addition to her art dealer career, Pizzi was an activist for animal rights and Palestinian rights in Israel.

Personal life

Pizzi died of cancer after eighteen months' illness.Gabriella Coslovich, "", Dec. 7, 2004, Fairfax Digital. She had one daughter, Samantha, and was the granddaughter of John Wren.


Further reading

  • Jones, Philip. "Gabrielle Pizzi, Gallery owner, collector, 1940-2004", Sydney Morning Herald, 18 December 2004.
  • Coslovich, Gabriella. "Farewell to a Trailblazer", The Age, 7 December 2004.
  • Heide Museum of Modern Art, "Mythology & reality : contemporary Aboriginal desert art from the Gabrielle Pizzi collection", Melbourne, 2003.
  • Pizzi, Gabrielle with Simeon Kronenberg. "Why Gabrielle Pizzi has changed......
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