Tony Amaral is a visual artist. He was born in East Timor in 1984 and grew up in Dili through the Indonesian occupation. Tony joined Arte Moris Free Art School in Dili in 2002 as one of the first students of the school. His work hangs in the Presidential Palace in Dili, East Timor. In 2008 he was awarded a scholarship to study art at The National Art School in Sydney, Australia. He attained a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2011. He was also awarded the Chroma Prize for Painting in his final year. He gave his first solo show in Dili in October 2011. It was the first solo exhibition by a Timorese artist in Timor and was received with critical acclaim. In 2012 he gave his first solo exhibition in Sydney At The Vanishing Point gallery in Newtown. He also participated in the 15th Asian Biennale in Bangladesh. Growing up in a country under occupation has had a profound influence on Tony which he expresses through his art.