Micah Fursetafa is a self–taught artist of Rotuman heritage
who has been interested in pencil shading and drawing since the age of
ten. He began painting in 2006 at the Oceania Centre, USP, starting
off with ink painting. He later on painted using acrylics in 2008 and won
the Fiji Arts Council "Emerging Artist Award 2008" during the
National Fine Arts Exhibition.
Kepone Fiu is a former Dudley High School now basec in Sydney, Australia.
In 2007 he brought his group Cool
Runnings for a series of shows around Fiji. Cool Runnings was formed
in Sydney in 2003 and grew to become one of Australia's most sought after
reggae acts. In February 2010 the group released a single titled 'Just
Because' which is available on iTunes. Kepone's
roots are firmly entrenched in Tuakoi village, Itu'ti'u, and Charles
Street in Bagasau, Suva where the Rastaman spent his early years.
Wilson is a talented musician from Perth,
Australia. His first
album, Altruism, in a style
that reverberates sounds of the 80’s, is to be released in August
2010. Jarrad is the grandson of Emily Kautane List (nee Hoerder)
of Nelson, NZ, and the youngest son of Moira and Richard Wilson of Perth,
John Mausio hails from Salvei and Noatau, the Island of Rotuma and is a self taught artist. His parents are Fakrautonga Mausio – Marenteu, Noa‘tau and Petero Mausio from the village of Savlei. He is registered with the Fiji Arts Council and is a member of the Rako Group. He aims to be a specialist in mural art.
His skills range from screen printing, graphic design, sign writing and community facilitation.
Jason Konrote is originally from Pepjei, Rotuma with maternal links to the Rounds. Jason says music has become a way for him to express his identity as a young Rotuman living in a multi-cultural society.
Harry Tivaknoa paints, designs clothes and earrings and hand bands, but he is also a song writer, poet and singer. All the songs are his own original compositions and sung in the Rotuman language.
Check out his album Afaga
Michael Mausio is a fashion designer in Fiji whose work reflects a strong interest in climate change.
The Eastern Brothers have been the resident band at The Ranch nightclub in Suva for several years. Initially formed as an all-Rotuman band in 2003, the Brothers have evolved both in terms of membership and sound—from the all-island feel to a more inclusive style that embraces everything popular.
Fumaru Fatiaki, from Oinafa creates beautifully crafted crowns for the Vodafone Miss Hibiscus winners. In addition to the crowns and tiaras, Fumaru designed the winning sash for all the categories. Fumaru hopes to continue designing wearable arts and would like to be involved in more charity work as well seeing that the gay community are accepted and respected.
Rosie Emberson-Semesi is no stranger to the Fiji Fashion industry, having featured in almost every important fashion event in Fiji since the 1980s. Known for her work with masi and her loud bold prints which more than anything celebrates Pacific artforms, Ms Semisi-Emberson is a rarity in that while her art comes naturally to her, she has also sought and achieved formal qualifications in both apparel and textiles as well as in visual arts and fabric printing.
Romano Fatiaki Sosefo is a talented Rotuman tattooist and painter. He is also known by his artistic moniker 'Romano Mạurea'. Based between Nadi, Fiji and South of Sydney, Australia, he is passionate about researching and reviving Rotuman art forms. This can clearly be seen in his unique Rotuman tattoo art and oil paintings, which are inspired by Rotuman culture, legends, the ocean and island life.
Mānoa Erasito Teaiwa is a young male dancer who was born in Suva, Fiji and migrated to Wellington, New Zealand in 2000. He is of Rotuman, African American, I-Kiribati, and Cornish descent. Mānoa took up hip-hop dance classes at the age of 13 and enjoyed this form of expression and creativity. He graduated with a diploma from Whitireia Performing Arts Centre in November 2013.
Renee Leslie is the daughter of Rita Bentley and Francis Leslie, and the grandchild of Fanefau Fatiaki and Alfred Bentley. She currently resides on the Gold Coast of Australia where she draw her inspirations of hand painting on glass from my island homes of Fiji and Rotuma.