Aboriginal art is art made by indigenous Australian people. Australian Indigenous art is the oldest ongoing tradition of art in the world. The earliest artworks were rock carvings, body painting and ground designs, which date back more than 30,000 years.
Aboriginal art includes work made in many different ways including painting on leaves, rock carving, wood carving, sculpting, ceremonial clothing and sand painting. Aboriginal art is closely linked to religious ceremonies and rituals. It is an important part of the world's oldest continuous cultural tradition, based on totems and the Dreaming.
Symbols are used in aboriginal art, to show different things. While the meaning of these symbols is often shared, they can change meaning within the same piece, and they can be different between different groups. Aboriginal art is a language in itself, communicating through beautiful patterns. This started around 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.
Today aboriginal arts are often colored drawings with liquid based color on canvas. aboriginal paintings are regarded as fine art, and high prices are often paid for it on the international art markets.