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FEATURED ARTIST: SOPOLEMALAMA FILIPE TOHI

Filipe was born in Ngele‘ia, Nuku‘alofa, Tonga, and immigrated to New Zealand in 1978. His contemporary paintings and sculptures are imbued with his Pacific island heritage. The incorporated Pacific and Maori iconography in his work goes deeper than the immediate visual reaction. Filipe is a master craftsman of the traditional art of lalava - the Pan-Pacific technology used on houses, canoes, and tools before the introduction of Western materials.

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CURRENT EXHIBITION: Tukutuku Kafa Mei Lotomoana: Survey Part Two

Sopolemalema Filipe Tohi first exhibited at Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku in 2011. The exhibition entitled Fatuemaka mei Falekafa showcased a cross section of his earliest works made in Aotearoa. This survey, held almost exactly two years ago, was envisioned as part one of two and included stone and timber carving, as well as drawings. Auckland audiences are probably aware of his work in multiple sites including public art works in Onehunga, Aotea Centre and the magnificent READ MORE >

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