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Painter having a whale of a time

Saturday July 06, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Excited Apii Nikao students are proud to see a brightly coloured whale take shape on their wall. 19070303 Excited Apii Nikao students are proud to see a brightly coloured whale take shape on their wall. 19070303

When visiting painter Gonzales Aladana saw a whale breaching off the Rarotonga reef, he was inspired.

 

Now, Apii Nikao students are the benefiaries of his inspiration: the Mexican muralist is painting them a whale to brighten up their new school building.

Aladana loves to paint animals.

“I feel something positive from animals, the people, colours, the landscape, then I paint,” he says.

The mural will also feature an explosion of colourful leaves and flower to complement the design.

The pupils are enthusiastic, offering their help with some painting at the lower reaches of the mural. Marcus Teapa, a keen art student, says: “It’s exciting and interesting, it’s good to be able to see an artist painting right here.”

Deputy principal Teina Napa is pleased Aladana has agreed to decorate their wall. “It’s a unique opportunity for us, the kids are thrilled; when he’s painting they gather around asking questions.”

Travelling for the past two years, Aladana paints murals and endeavours to learn the unique style of art in every country. “Here on this beautiful island I’m learning about Polynesian art – I want to learn more.”

Favouring geometric shapes, he describes his technique as a mix of art in general.

The mural he holds dearest is one of an eagle he painted in the south of Cyprus last year for his older brother who was ill.

He named the mural “my eagle brother”; sadly his brother passed away a year ago.

Apii Nikao would like to thank CITC and Vonnias for donating the paint. Aladana is also painting murals at other locations on the island.