Iosua Tai Taeoalii (Josh) -
Iosua Tai Taeoalii:
My name is Iosua Tai Taeoalii (Josh); I am an American/Samoan artist and award
winning filmmaker from Salt Lake City, Utah. Subscribing to the defiant and raw
spirit of urban influences such as graffiti and tattoo art, I've conceived a
process to combine that liveliness with the conventionalism of Fine Art. Cutting
out my black and white ballpoint pen drawings, I then mount them onto handbuilt
plywood boxes that I've pigmented with vibrant colors from paint markers,
acrylics and aerosol spraypaint. The piece is finished with an epoxy resin. Some
pieces are photographed, printed onto canvas and additionally colored with
marker and acrylics.
existence I have had a beckoning passion for the arts and have tried my hands at
so many of the different mediums including tattoo, graffiti, web, graphic,
illustration, sculpture, oils, acrylics, music and film.
In 2005 I began
selling my Pop Art creations, which were paintings of iconic figures created
with stencils and spraypaint and to date I have sold over 6,000 original Pop Art
pieces worldwide. More recently I have been touring the U.S. with my wife
Adrienne and our 2 children, selling my work at art festivals and I am fortunate
to have been included in some of the most prestigious festivals across the
nation including the Cherry Creek Art Festival of Colorado and the 2011 Ann
Arbor Art Fair where I was recently awarded the “Best of Show” award.
My most recent
feature film Darkroom, which I wrote, produced and directed, starring Todd
Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes, was just picked up for distribution by Vanguard
Cinema and is now available on DVD.
I am extremely
honored that my art is appreciated across the globe and I strive to continue
pleasing the intuitions of collectors of my work. Though I enjoy traveling the
U.S. and meeting the people at festivals who are moved by my work, I ultimately
would like to exhibit in galleries across the globe, therefore allowing more
time for me to create.