Silvio Apponyi was born in Germany and immigrated to Australia as an infant in 1951. Silvio has been sculpting for over 40 years. His style has developed over these years, from entirely abstract creations to an astonishing level of detail and realism. His main inspiration is Australian fauna, where he hopes to draw attention to these unique and often endangered species. In his self built studio Silvio creates his sculptures in a variety of media, primarily wood, Australian granites, marbles and bronze.

As well as animals, birds and fish, Silvio has carved several portraits, notably of artist David Dridan, actor David Field, retired NBL star Mark David and the late zoologist Steve Irwin with children Bindi and Robert. One of his most important figurative works include the ‘Fountain Of Tears’ incorporating a series of Aboriginal faces at the Colebrook Home For Children site at Eden Hills which commemorates the stolen generations.

Silvio began carving at an early age and was awarded the Sculpture Prize in his last year at High School. He then did a four year Diploma of Fine Art at the South Australian School of Art, majoring in Sculpture. Upon completion he was awarded a German exchange scholarship and he spent a year in the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. When he returned to Australia he continued to develop his skills and in 1982 devoted himself full time to his art.

Since then he has had one-man shows and group exhibitions locally, interstate and overseas. He has won several prizes, accepted commissions, conducted workshops in Australia and Malaysia, and studied wood-block printmaking under a Japanese master.
 Silvio’s work is featured in many private collections both here and overseas and in public spaces across Australia.