In 1996, he won the Commonwealth Arts and Crafts award for painting, and began studying at North Island College in Canada. He graduated in Fine Arts in 1999. During his final semester, he was hired by the College to teach printmaking to first year students. He married in 2001 and, as of 2007, lives in Canada.
His work was exhibited at the Comox Valley Art Gallery in 1998, at the Alcheringa Gallery in 2001, and at the Washington State University's Department of Fine Arts in 2007. Lianga's art has also been featured on the cover of the autumn 2004 edition of The Contemporary Pacific. In 2010, Alcheringa Gallery set up "Pacific Connections, a cross-cultural collaboration featuring Ake Lianga [...] and John Marston, a Coast Salish carver from the Chemainus First Nation".
Carol Ivory, chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Washington State University, has described Lianga's work as follows:
Lianga looks both backwards and forwards, bringing mythology, history and the contemporary world together in riveting works of art. [...] Lianga's artwork often engages with significant issues arising from post-colonial situations, creating works that can be described as both visually appealing and emotionally powerful.
- Amos, Robert (2002-07-25). "From sea stories to science fiction". Times Colonist.
- "Alcheringa show bridges Pacific", Times Colonist, November 6, 2010
- "About Ake Lianga...". Alcheringa Gallery. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- "Past Award winners". Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards. Commonwealth Foundation. Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- "The Contemporary Pacific: Special Offer". Center for Pacific Islands Studies. University of Hawaii at Manoa. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- "Bridging Cultures". The Chronicle. Washington State University. 1 (1). Winter 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- Lindsey, Gary; Maria Ortega (2007-01-29). "WSU Visiting Artist Series Presents Pacific Artist Ake Lianga". WSU News Service. Washington State University. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- "Artist to take public through his exhibit at WSU gallery Tuesday". Lewiston Morning Tribune. 2007-02-02.
- "FA 404 (M): Advanced Art History, Non-Western Art – Art and Artists of the Pacific: Themes and Issues". Washington State University. 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- Lianga's official website, with examples of his work
- Examples of Lianga's work exhibited at the Alcheringa Gallery
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