Simix Simeon


Simix Simeon is a chief of the Ohlen/Matas Village of Port Villa, Vanuatu. As an avid advocate of indigenous arts in his community, Simeon has led the creation of a successful art collective called ‘Awis Artis Blong Vanuatu’ which now includes over ten artists. With a desire to find connections between traditional and contemporary art, Simeon works towards developing his own skills. But, he is also known as a local leader promoting the international exposure of Ni-Vanuatu artists.

 

Melissa Prokop


Melissa Prokop is a young artist from Tahiti, French Polynesia. She is also a profound admirer of the ancestral Polynesian culture that originally spread across the Pacific and survived in several forms in spite of the ravages of colonisation. Her work therefore pays tribute to the rich history of the native peoples of the Polynesian Triangle – particularly Tahiti, Rapa Nui, New Zealand and Hawaii. While she mainly uses acrylic on canvas with a rather figurative style, she is very interested in abstract art and is currently trying mixed media techniques.

 

  • Position: 2016 Pacific Next Generation Artist
  • Location: Tahiti, French Polynesia
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Albert Joseph


Albert Joseph is a self-taught artist from Mt. Hagen in the Western Highland Province of Papua New Guinea. Having participated in various local and international exhibitions Joseph is also an advocate for art as a critical means for preserving and promoting local cultures and customs in the face of globalisation. Joseph pursued a Diploma in Creative Industries from University of Goroka and a BA in Art and Design at the University of Papua New Guinea to further develop his skills and passion for art.

 

  • Position: 2016 Pacific Next Generation Artist
  • Location: Western Highland Province, Papua New Guinea
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Lesley Wengembo


As a young leader in his community, Lesley Wengembo is a role model for other young artists in PNG who want to become ambassadors of their communities through art. At only 17 years of age, he won second place in the 2014 Port Moresby Arts Exhibition. He was also recognised with a merit award for the exhibition’s theme Meri (Woman). After receiving coverage from the country’s biggest broadcaster (i.e., EMTVOnline), Wengembohas been able to cultivate new cultural exchanges through art, including participating in the Deutsche 1914 project.


  • Position: 2016 Pacific Next Generation Artist
  • Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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  • Email: wengembo