PASIFIKA FIRST FRIDAYS
FEATURING ALJAY FUIMAONO
Pasifika First Fridays' (DE)FINE ARTS fall series is dedicated to highlighting Utah's leading Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) fine arts creatives. Community members will access art making up close as they experience artists create in real time and engage in an informal conversation about artistic processes. The objective of the event is to create opportunities for Pacific Islanders (PI) of the Greater Salt Lake County area to access, connect, celebrate, and DEFINE what "fine arts" means to Utah's Pasifika community. More importantly, (DE)FINE ARTS will serve as a platform to recognize our local artists with a culmination of food, community, and networking– traditional values that are steeped in Pacific Islander culture.
September's Pasifika First Fridays (DE)FINE ARTS festival will feature Aljay Fuimaono, one of Utah's rising star in fine arts. During the gallery-style festival Aljay will be demonstrating a live painting for community members and festival goers. You can see more of Aljay's work at: https://www.manusinaart.com/
MEET ALJAY FUIMAONO
Utah-based artist, Aljay Fuimaono is emerging in the art world with a fresh take on Pacific Island fine art. The contemporary artist incorporates realism with rich colors and sketch-like strokes to create striking imagery.
His use of wood and bark as a canvas has led to his signature textured styles with acrylic and charcoal. He enjoys utilizing natural material as it pays tribute to his cultural heritage, reminding him of his ancestors ingenuity in using materials provided by the earth.
Each subject of work is heavily influenced by his upbringing in Samoa and Hawaii. Exposure to differentPacificIsland cultures and traditions has inspired his affinity for portraying Pacific Islander stories.
Aljay credits his parents for recognizing his creative talents and nurturing his artistic growth. They are also responsible for instilling in him the need to preserve and perpetuate Polynesian values through art. Aljay hopes that his portrayals of universal themes through a PacificI slander lens may make a significant contribution to the world of art and storytelling.