Siliga David Setoga New Zealand | Samoa | Niue, b. 1975

Siliga David Setoga is a senior Pacific artist of Samoan and Niuean heritage. He was born and raised in Mt Eden and attributes the struggle of “belonging” as a key component in his art practice.  An exhibiting artist since 2003 , Setoga was the Creative New Zealand/ National University of Samoa Artist in Residence in 2015. With a background in printmaking and graphic design, his practice deals with the complex social, religious, and political histories that accompany life as a New Zealand-born Pacific artist. 

 

Setoga has tutored in design and mentored senior high school students in a tertiary art school training program Fresh Horizons; as part of Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust of which he was a co-chair. He has also tutored in design at Unitec, Whitecliffe and MIT.

 

Setoga has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and overseas including at the British Museum. His works are in the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery and Auckland Art Gallery.