About Fatu Feuu

Fatu Akelei Feu’u, ONZM (Born 1946) is a noted Samoan painter.

Feu’u grew up in the village of Poutasi in the district of Falealili in Samoa. Feu’u emigrated to New Zealand in 1966. He has established a reputation as the elder statesman of Pacific art in New Zealand. Feu’u has been an exhibiting artist since the early 1980s and became a full-time artist in 1988. Feu’u was appointed a Honorary Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2001 New Years Honours List.

Fatu Feu’u’s work is inspired by Polynesian art forms such as siapo (tapa cloth), tatau (tattoo), weaving, carving and ceremonial mask making. In these forms he uses a rich lexicon of motifs and compositional structures. His works frequently blend traditional and contemporary elements, incorporating a range of influences, inspirations, techniques and motifs from Samoa and Aotearoa and more generally from Euro-American to Pacific cultures.