Artist ready to show­case works

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Mere.satakala@fi­

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. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Irami Buli with one of his art pieces.

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