Goompi Ugerabah’s name means possum from the place of the goanna.
Goompi is a proud tribal man whos ancestors are originally from Gurreng Gurreng people near Maryborough QLD. After settlement his great great grandmother was forced to move to the Ngnarangwal tribal area (Gold Coast) and Minjungbal tribal area (Tweed Heads), where Goompi and the last few generations of his family were born and bred.
Goompi has a mix blood of South Sea Island (Lena Islands), Sri Lankan, and Irish on his mothers side and Scottish and French blood from his father.
Goompi has practiced culture (song, dance and language) from a young age. He is a member and manages, Bundjalung Kunjiel Dance Troupe which has performed for dignitaries, members of Parliament and influential people in Australia and overseas.
Goompi has been painting since 2002, and shows great talent. Using a restrained colour palate and eye-catching graphic designs, Goompi is able to create exciting and engaging works of art.
His artworks are investment pieces and his black and white style has been tagged as corporate style art.
Goompi has travelled to France and America to exhibit his artworks and to showcase his cultural dances with his group, Bundjalung Kunjiel. Some of Goompi’s art admirers, who now own pieces of his artworks include The Princess, Benedicta of Denmark and The C.I.A in America, which both also witnessed the tribal dances of his troupe.
He has exhibited widely in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales area and now in galleries around the world. Goompi’s driving force which he quoted is ‘I want to do my best to show our culture to the world and also teach our young to keep traditions alive as our culture that our ancestors practiced and lived is who we really are and that gives us our true identity.’
Naidoc Gold Coast, QLD Council Chambers exhibition 2009, 2010, and 2011.
National Parks and Wildlife, 2009 and 2011 Ballina Art Gallery, NSW.
Exhibited at Crown Plaza Gold Coast,QLD. Reconciliation Week 2011.
Permanent Collections of Corporate Culcha, Kirra QLD and the Gold Coast Titans NRL Excellence Centre, Robina QLD.
Sold-out solo exhibition at Port Douglas in Jan 2014
Sold-out solo exhibition at Noosa in March 2015
Exhibited in “Dreaming Exhibition” in Bucharest Romania Oct 2015
Skin name: Tjuparula
Language spoken: Gandawal