Ruki Fame

Ruki Fame

Country/Region: Papua New Guinea

Village: Port Moresby

Ruki Fame was born in Nagameto Village in the Eastern Highlands. He was the first Papuan New Guinean to become a metal sculptor. Trained originally as a welder in Port Moresby, he attracted the attention of Georgina Beier, an Australian artist who was living and working there. She began to teach him to make iron lamps and wall hangings of perforated steel. Following three months of training with Georgina, he spent a short period with Tom Craig at Goroka Teachers College in 1971, then returned to Port Moresby, where he attended the National Art School for a further five years.

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