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Frank Maninga Haikiu (Junior)

  • Frank  Maninga Haikiu  (Junior)
© Frank Maninga Haikiu Jnr
Painter, Sculptor / carver
Column : Heritage, Arts and crafts
Solomon Islands
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Frank comes from the Rennell and Bellona province in Solomon Islands, but he lives in Honiara most of the time.

Frank draws his inspiration from his father who is one of Solomon Island's most prominent carvers. His father is the only National carver that has been representing the Solomon Islands in National and International festivals. His father was awarded Solomon Islands highest medal of honour, the Solomon Cross in 1996 for his service in the field. This inspired him to continue the legacy and to become a success too.

His interest in art began from childhood. As a child, he watched his father carve and he sometimes sat beside him and drew the type of carving his father carved. It was during his high school days at King George VI National Secondary School that his interest in the field started to take effect.

Born into a family who regard carving as their trade, he decided to take a different field. He decided to put his fathers sketch and style of carving into paintings. Frank works on Tapa cloth, canvas and fabrics. Hi paintings and designs are mainly depictions of traditional designs and stories from the variety cultures in the Solomon Islands.

His major works can be seen at the King Solomon Hotel, Mendana Hotel and at the Lime lounge café in Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands. 

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