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 an artist, designer and entrepreneur who has been in the fashion industry for the past 8 years. He is also a law student at USP as well as studying renewable energy. His father is Dino Mausio, son of Joseph Irao Mausio from Tuaoi in Juju and his mother, Babetlegh Rubecki Sturton, is Polish-Russian. His design concepts are heavily influenced by climate change as well as his diverse cultural heritage. He currently has his own fashion label —Mausio—where they make made to measure garments as well as specialize in men's wear.
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.
Rita Schrader is an Australian freelance artist of German and Rotuman heritage. Raised in Adelaide, Schrader was introduced to painting at an early age while at school at Mount Gambier in South Australia.
She is the daughter of Akesa Schrader, nee John, who is the sister of Colonel Alfred Tua'toko, the former acting Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. Their father comes from Hapmak, Rotuma and their mother hails from Malniu, Motusa, Rotuma. Rita's father, Peter Schrader, is Australian of German and English descent. Both his parents were born in Adelaide.
Jed Taylor is a 20-year-old Rotuman (as of June 2016), who won a star search contest in 2014 with an impressive dance performance. He was accepted into the prestigious Hollywood Immersive Dance Program.
Ravai Titifanue opened an online fashion boutique —The Colour Closet—in 2018, with the intention to bring poppirlg bright outfits to New Zealanders all year round. Based in Wellington, Ravai sells Pacific inspired women's clothing that ranges from casual to formal.
Fashion Designer Moira Sulvalu began as an emerging designer in 2009 on the Fiji Fashion Week runaway before growing an organic online company. She started with drawing which led to a passion for designing, so she left her day job and founded a small business.
Tahi Fiu is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and an aspiring bassist. He was born and brought up in Sydney, Australia. His father is renowned Rotuman bassist Kepone Fiu. His family is from Motusa.
Christine Molilava Fatiaki designs clothing and other items at her Blessed 2 Bless fashion boutique where she displays a range of jewelry, garlands, and headpieces made from Tefui, a flower unique to Rotuma.
Ragafuata Makarite is the resilient mother of five who relies on creating and selling earrings and tie dye items to provide for her family. She sells items made using fresh water pearls, tie dye fabric and recycled beads. She is a member of the Lautoka Women's Club and the Fiji Arts Council. Ragafuata grew up in Suva and hails from Hapmak in Rotuma and shares maternal links to Motusa.
For additional Rotuman artists in Fiji go to http://fiji.spla.pro/list.person.htm