Flora Oviro (Anu)

ÖMIE ARTISTS

Born: 1973, Godibehi village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Dahorurajé (Sidorajé)
Lives and works: Savodobehi village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)

 

BIOGRAPHY

Flora was taught to paint by her mother Uveyvo Ajiro of Godibehi village (Dahorurajé clan) who is still remembered as a highly skilled barkcloth artist, as well as by her grandmother, Nogi. Her father was Reginal Ajiro, an Ematé clansman from Godibehi village. She often paints nuni’e - design of the eye as well as vahuhu sine - skin of the yellow snake. Her barkcloths were included in the landmark exhibition of Ömie art Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie at the National Gallery of Victoria International. Flora is married to Tony Oviro and between looking after her five young children, gardening and painting she is kept very busy.

bibliography

Balai, Sana; Modjeska, Drusilla; and Ryan, Judith, Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne 2009
Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, The Art of Ömie (exhibition catalogue), William Mora Galleries, Melbourne & Annandale Galleries, Sydney, 2010
Gregory, Bill; and Ryan, Judith, Ömie: The Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2009
Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, In The Shadow of a Volcano: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth & Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2007

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne