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Makubuna Wins Top Award

Young and budding artist Desmond Makubuna says he is inspired by the ordinary and meaningful things in life which is depicted in his artwork. The Year 13 student of Marist
01 Aug 2016 08:56
Makubuna Wins Top Award
Fiji Airways art winner Desmond Makubuna of Marist Brothers High School. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Young and budding artist Desmond Makubuna says he is inspired by the ordinary and meaningful things in life which is depicted in his artwork.

The Year 13 student of Marist Brothers High School took out the top honours at the Fiji Airways Art Awards as part of the Kula Film and Art Awards at the Suva Civic Auditorium on Saturday night.

Mr Makubuna said his winning piece of work titled ‘Striving for Greatness’ was about an ordinary boy who was being lifted up by birds which depicted hard work and determination.

“It also represents me as a Christian; one of our main goals is to go to heaven and my winning art represents reaching for salvation and a better life,” he said.

While art was more of a hobby for the Verata, Tailevu lad, he said it took him three afternoons to complete his winning piece.

“This is my last year at Marist and I wanted to give back to the school, so I decided to enter the Fiji Airways Art competition,” Mr Makubuna said.

“It’s really good and I encourage all students who have the passion for art to enter for the awards next year.”

He receives a $1000 cash prize for himself and $1500 for his school.

Meanwhile, Donna Chen of Xavier College in Ba received the runner up prize of $500 for her piece titled ‘Limitless’, while Swami Vivekananda College’s Lomani Rova took out the Most Popular Art which was contested through the Fiji Airways Facebook page.

Lomani’s work titled ‘Vakatevutaba’ (Spread Your Wings and Fly) polled 1104 of the 5200 total votes cast for the top nine art pieces. She will receive $500 cash as her prize.

Two consolation prizes were also awarded to Tushaal Kumar and Peni Senikuraciri of Suva Christian Community High School

The competition encourages creative students to pursue their passion in art.

Over 300 pieces of art were initially entered for the Fiji Airways Arts Awards.

Forty-two students were shortlisted to attend specialist art workshops and then submitted final entries. The top nine entries from 42 then qualified for the finals, and were exhibited at the event.

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