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  • IOSEFA TUPUANA’I LEO

    • Iosefa Tupuana’i Leo (1963-2014) was born in Samoa and taught himself to carve while living in Auckland in the 1980s.

      Iosefa is known as a prominent figurative sculptor in New Zealand carving predominately in limestone, marble and wood. His main interests including conveying depth of feeling and the physicality of the human form. Details of expression, gesture and texture were important in the completion of his work. Iosefa’s work expresses an excellent, intuitive understanding of form, and also a great respect for the entablature of the block. The sculptures have an easy monumentality with his ability to simplify from reality without losing the power of

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