Monday, August 18, 2008

Raymond Manavi

Raymond Manavi, 34, from Kaminabit village in the Angoram area of East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, describes himself as a “struggling artist”.

“I mainly produce tribal extracts based on traditional art,” he says.

“I’ve been painting since 1992.

“I mainly display my works at the Windjammer Hotel in Wewak.

“If there are buyers, I make money, if not, I go home empty-handed.

“Sales, otherwise, are very poor.

“I’m one of the poor artists of Wewak town.

“I have no other job, apart from painting.

“I really want to establish a market for my paintings.”

Mr Manavi’s father was a master carver at Passam National High School outside Wewak, with all his children following his steps as artists.

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