Ake Lianga

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Ake Lianga (born 1975 on Guadalcanal) is a Solomon Islands screen printer[1] and painter, who has "gained recognition for paintings and murals throughout Oceania".[2]

After schooling, Lianga became self-employed as a sign painter and mural artist. In 1995, he won the South Pacific Contemporary Art Competition.[3]

In 1996, he won the Commonwealth Arts and Crafts award for painting,[4] and began studying at North Island College in Canada. He graduated in Fine Arts in 1999.[5] During his final semester, he was hired by the College to teach printmaking to first year students.[3] He married in 2001[5] and, as of 2007, lives in Canada.[6]

His work was exhibited at the Comox Valley Art Gallery in 1998, at the Alcheringa Gallery in 2001,[5] and at the Washington State University's Department of Fine Arts in 2007.[7][8] Lianga's art has also been featured on the cover of the autumn 2004 edition of The Contemporary Pacific.[5] 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".[2]

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.[6][7]

Lianga was a guest speaker at Washington State University in 2007.[9]


  1. ^ Amos, Robert (2002-07-25). "From sea stories to science fiction". Times Colonist. 
  2. ^ a b "Alcheringa show bridges Pacific", Times Colonist, November 6, 2010
  3. ^ a b "About Ake Lianga...". Alcheringa Gallery. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Past Award winners". Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards. Commonwealth Foundation. Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  5. ^ a b c d "The Contemporary Pacific: Special Offer". Center for Pacific Islands Studies. University of Hawaii at Manoa. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  6. ^ a b "Bridging Cultures". The Chronicle. Washington State University. 1 (1). Winter 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  7. ^ a b 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. 
  8. ^ "Artist to take public through his exhibit at WSU gallery Tuesday". Lewiston Morning Tribune. 2007-02-02. 
  9. ^ "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. 

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