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Artist Ready To Showcase Works

For Irami Buli, being involved in the art industry for over two decades has not been an easy journey. The renowned award winning Lomaiviti Artist initially had a dream of
13 Nov 2016 11:05
Artist Ready To Showcase Works
Irami Buli with one of his Art piece. Photo: Supplied

For Irami Buli, being involved in the art industry for over two decades has not been an easy journey.

The renowned award winning Lomaiviti Artist initially had a dream of being a banker before life took him on a different path.

Mr Buli is set to be part of a four week art exhibition which will be held on Tuesday in collaboration with Alliance Française at their branch in Suva.

His exhibition titled “Nai Lakolako” meaning ‘the journey’ will be a tribute to the late Professor Epeli Hauófa, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, and Jaabi Faarai who all had been an inspiration to him as an artist.

“What I’m trying to depict through colours and inks is a journey that we all take in life and to reflect on where we are right now,” said Mr Buli.

He said the exhibition is about his own personal journey and the transitions of his artwork over the years, which is what he will be portraying when his pieces show at the exhibition this week.

The 33-year-old is a full-time artist and works from home. His work has travelled as far as Europe, America, France, England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, and the Pacific Region.

His art is based on storytelling, covering issues in our society such as environment, culture, traditions, and the struggles of everyday life.

Mr Buli is one of the current members of the Waisiliva Arts Initiative which is based out of the mainland to draw attention of urban influences, but to give a different feeling of what art is all about in a free environment.

However the challenges for an established artist like him are still recognition and support from the local community.

“My hope and dream is that we will have our own National Art Gallery in Fiji one day which will allow us artist to establish our work in,” he said passionately.

His advice to upcoming young artists is to be themselves and to always trust their talents.

Mr Buli will be having three more art exhibitions later this month at the Oceania Arts Centre in USP, Leleuvia Island Resort, and the National Art Exhibition at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Suva.

“Art is not about portraying a perfect picture. For me it’s more a self-portray of who you don’t know. The more I dwell within me the more curious I became about the millions of things I don’t know about myself,” said Mr Buli.



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