Meet the Artist: Ioane Ioane

Mālō le soifua! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Ioane Ioane

Ioane Ioane is a Samoan (Magiagi, Faatoia, Manono and Puapua Savai’i ) multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting, installation and performance rituals. His work often acknowledges the spiritual and transitional nature of vā (the space between) as a place of transformation and becoming. 

After completing his studies in the ‘80s at Elam, Ioane has received worldwide recognition for his works, with pieces belonging to public and private collections across Aotearoa, England and the Pacific. He has also been awarded several arts prizes such as the Saatchi and Saatchi Art Awards and in 2005 and the Creative New Zealand Prize for Innovation and Excellence Art Award.  

For his 2020 Fale-ship Residency, Ioane looked at the significance of the pe’a and malu and how they are symbolically linked to spiritual welfare and health of Samoans. 

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022

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