Andy Leleisi'uao has been named the paramount winner at the 26th annual Wallace Art Awards.
One of New Zealand's most prestigious art awards, the award includes a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York.
Andy Leleisi'uao says of his work: “Much of the featured symbols found in my work derive directly from items and objects I surround myself with in my studio. At times, my work has referenced social problems: migrant factory workers, corruption in churches and other issues with political undertones, but the style of Harmonic People focuses more on community, friendship and cooperative efforts. The setting is utopian and it’s a place that invites me to share its visual language. It’s a place I am keen to explore further because it has meaning to me and it makes me happy.”
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