Ake Lianga

Country/Region: Solomon Islands

Ake Lianga is a painter, sculptor, and muralist from the island of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. His works, which often depict traditional stories and cultural practices, are in public collections in North America and the South Pacific. Lianga was born in 1975 into a large family of carvers and weavers in the Kakau tribe. He learned how to carve as a small child, then taught himself to paint. After high school, he apprenticed for two years in Honiara, then became self-employed as a sign painter and mural artist. Commissions gained recognition for his work throughout Oceania, and he was elected Treasurer of the Artist Association of the Solomon Islands.

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