Alofivae Fautua tops in fine arts
Alofivae Fautua is the dux at the Leulumoega School of Fine Arts.
The 30-year-old from Lano, Savai’i received a diploma in fine arts certificate and excelled in various subjects such as carving, woodwork, stain-glass and mosaic, and graphic design.
He claimed the “Outstanding Performance of the 3rd Year Award”, which is given to a recipient who is multi-talented in various art forms.
Students, teachers, family members and friends of the graduating class students gathered at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel at Sogi for the occasion.
“I am simply astounded but at the same time overwhelmed with joy because in all honest, I did not expect to receive an honor such as this.
“It was not an easy journey but I spent three years to achieve it and I am grateful that in the end, it was all worth the sweat just so I can make my dreams into reality.
“My passion in these various artworks started when I came across one of the stain-glass works and it captivated me in how art can have so many meanings but only the creator would know the real inspiration behind it,” he said.
Alofivae said his work using a stain-glass artwork motivated him to pursue different forms of artworks.
“They say paintings have so many meanings, well I feel the same way because so many people have different views on various subjects but only the painter holds the key to the exact meaning.
“As an artist I am inspired by so many things like my family but also I want to challenge myself to can excel in these skills.
“I would not have been able to do this without the help from my parents, Mulitalo Malu and Maliana Fautua,” he added.
Setting up a business to sell his artwork is now the next thing on his mind, especially after attaining all these skills.
“I wish to use my skills that I have learnt from the school of fine arts to start a business in the areas of stain-glass, or woodwork, carpentry, carving or graphics.
“So I can help my family and also to ensure a stable and better future for myself. It is important that skills and talent are not wasted but it must be utilized to secure a better future,” he said.
During the ceremony various students received certificates and diplomas in drawing, painting, carving, woodwork, stain-glass and mosaic, and graphic designs.
Leulumoega School of Fine Arts is a vocational school run by the education department of the Congregational Christian Church Samoa. It offers courses in carving, woodwork, stain-glass and mosaic, and graphic design, drawing and painting.