Tuesday, September 7, 2010

(Social) Realism: Tonga Art

Samiu Napa’a

Samiu Napa’a was born in Tonga, hailing from the village of in Fua’amotu, Tongatapu. Napa’a migrated to New Zealand with his mother in 1998. Cross-crediting from Tupou College to Sir Edmund Hillary College in Otara, South Auckland, he went on to attend Whitecliffe School of Art & Design and later Manukau School of Visual Arts. Whilst completing only three years of the four year Bachelor of Visual Arts degree programme, Napa’a has continued to develop his painting, undertaking commissions and exhibiting in joint and group exhibitions.

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 (http://gaelart.net/) 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 caoimhghin@yahoo.com.

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