Saturday, August 21, 2010

(Social) Realism: Papua New Guinea Art

Larry Santana (1962)

Larry Santana, born in Ramu Valley, Papua New Guinea, in 1962, is a Papua New Guinean painter. Santana's paintings often depicts topics related to modernity, tradition and social alienation. His 1988 self-portrait was entitled Struggle and Pain at the Six Mile Dump. Among his other works, Santana was commissioned to embelish Port Moresby Airport. In 1996, he painted the murals of the ANZAC Memorial in Port Moresby, where he currently lives. His work has been displayed in international exhibitions in Belgium and the United States. Santana's art was featured on the cover of the eighteenth edition of The Contemporary Pacific, in autumn 2006.

World (Social) Realist Art
(Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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