Biennale of Sydney

Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka

Togo mo Bolataane (Tonga and Britain), 2008-2010, oil, clay and dye on tapa cloth, 427 x 1115 cm

Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka

Born 1970 in Patangata, Tonga
Lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand


Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka is an interdisciplinary artist who’s practice is deeply rooted in the traditions of Tongan art.

Believing abstract art in the Pacific to be one of the most expressive and pure forms of art-making, Stone’s paintings draw attention to the formalism and abstraction inherent to art from the region since the 18th century. Maka’s work typically represents his social, political and spiritual beliefs. He continues to portray these through a contemporary depiction of the sacred art of ngatu ‘uli.