Orchid Island (Lanyu) is a beautiful small island off the coast of Taiwan. The Tao tribe who live on this island have always relied on fish for a livelihood. The annual return of flying fish to the island each Spring is believed to be a gift from the Gods, so these fish are greatly respected in this culture. It is believed that there are special ways that each species of fish should be eaten, with particular differences between men and women. The tougher stronger flavoured flesh is regarded as the Fish of Men, while the softer, more tender and sweeter is called the Fish of Women – and it is believed that this should never be mixed up!
While using a simple naïve style with bright vibrant colours, this painting highlights the tenderness and femininity of the women along with their own species of fish, resulting in a very aboriginal women style of art.
Yosifu was born in the village of Matailing, Taiwan and belongs to the Amis tribe of indigenous people found in the east of the island. He now lives and works main in Edinburgh in Scotland, and has exhibited successfully in both Europe and Asia. He is one of only a very few artists promoting Taiwan indigenous culture in Europe. Yosifu's varied creative talents encompass music, photography and painting. His bright vibrant style has its roots in indigenous and naive forms of artwork and is a fusion of Western and Asian styles and techniques. His work has become popular internationally, and is currently held by private collectors from Scotland, England, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Sweden.
圖心尺寸：23 x 16.9 cm
含框外徑：30 x 39.5 cm