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Andy Leleisi'uao

Andy Leleisi’uao by Raymond Sagapolutele

One of the most significant Pacific artists living and working in New Zealand today, Andy Leleisi’uao has been represented by ARTIS Gallery since February 2020.  Andy’s first solo exhibition at ARTIS Gallery will open on Tuesday 9 November 2021.

Immigrant communities and their experiences are central to Leleisi’uao’s works. An “artist of diaspora”, (whose family migrated from one part of the world to another) his work is reflective of his experience as a New Zealand born Samoan.

Leleisi’uao often paints in series and seen together, the paintings may be viewed as an extended narrative; taken individually, each painting provides an intimate view of a world that is at once alien and very familiar. Recurring motifs throughout his works provide visual touchstones for viewers and remind us of the inherent humanity of the figures depicted and the universality of their struggle. 

Andy Leleisi’uao’s work is included in the permanent New Zealand collections of Pataka Museum Art Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, the Chartwell Collection and the Wallace Arts Trust collection,