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Andrew Steiner

2020 (printed 2021)
Alex Frayne

inkjet print from 35mm film on paper (sheet: 75 cm x 50 cm)

Holocaust survivor, sculptor and human rights advocate Andrew Steiner OAM (b. 1933) was born in Budapest. Only six when the Second World War began, he and his family went into hiding, living in constant fear. Steiner migrated to Australia in 1948 with his parents and sister, where they started a small family business making leather goods. He later completed studies at the University of Adelaide in modern European history, political science, English and art majoring in sculpture. Steiner has created sculpture for almost 50 years (his first commission, notably, being for a Catholic Church), and for the past 30 years he has taught students about the Holocaust at South Australian secondary schools and tertiary institutions. In 2010 Steiner was a Human Rights Awards national finalist, and in 2017 he was honoured with the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to art and history. He was the driving force behind the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre, which opened in November 2020. The museum aims to educate people about the history of the Holocaust and communicate the importance of compassion and respect.

Gift of the artist 2021
© Alex Frayne

Artist and subject

Alex Frayne (age 45 in 2020)

Andrew Steiner OAM (age 87 in 2020)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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