Lapis Lazuli beads are the traditional treasure and most well known handicraft of the Pai- wan tribe in Taiwan. This is not only because of the rich striking colours, but also due to the traditional values attached to the art as important family heirlooms. All beads are hand made, and each has its own name and represents a specific mythology. A tear shaped design on the bead can represent the Tears of the Sun, while a multi-coloured cylindrical bead represents the rainbow.
In this painting, the beauty of the Lapis Lazuli highlighted unusually against the back of this modern Paiwan woman brings tradition and modernity together, showing that mythological art can cross into the modern world of fashion and can give meaning for all generations.
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.
含框外徑：H39.5 x W30