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Trinity Bay State High School

AJ Reano

The decision to study mostly arts subjects in Years 11 and 12 proved to be the material for success for QUT Creative Industries/Business student, AJ Reano.

He says: ‘I was always a pretty scientifically minded person until Year 10, when I decided to take a leap of faith and change my subjects to more creative ones — English, Japanese, Film, Television and New Media, Visual Arts, Music and Music Extension — and Maths B

‘I thought I’ve had enough of learning and memorising things that everyone knows; why not do things my own way and experiment with ideas that no one else has ever thought of?’

‘I started off with pen and paper and definitely wouldn’t be where I am without it. Towards the end of high school though, I began to push away from drawing and into more conceptual artworks. I tried a lot of different mediums and found that working with encaustics (wax) is the best one for me.’

AJ received a number of accolades for his artwork, including a Creative Generation Excellence Award in Visual Art, a Business Liaison Association Visual Arts Bursary and a QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship (Creative Industries).

He says: ‘I was in awe when they told me I’d received the scholarship. I definitely wouldn’t have thought that I’d end up with this much recognition for my personal creative development.’

AJ’s ultimate goal is to become an international exhibiting artist and challenge people’s everyday thinking through his artworks.

‘My other career dream is to work as an art curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York — the international hub of contemporary art.’

Subjects: English, Film, Television and New Media, Japanese, Maths B, Music, Music Extension, Visual Art
Career goal: To become an international exhibiting artist and/or work as an art curator

Last updated: 06-Jun-2017