Eduardo Bolioli’s Surreal Island Life: Aloha, Fearless Colour, and a Passion for the Ocean Inspire a Mesmerising First Collection at Four Seasons Resort Oahu from New Artist in Residence
When asked to speak to his influences, Uruguayan born Oahu-based artist Eduardo Bolioli will quote his travels through South America, New York street art, pop, the Eighties and “an era of fearless colour.”
Nowhere is this more evident than in a new exhibition at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina called My Surreal Island Life. Here Bolioli explores themes from the surreal wonder of underwater life to the human need to dominate to our individual ability to overcome and “resurface.”
Two of eight new works in the artist’s inaugural installation explore the calm and freedom of submersion (inspired by free diver Kimi Werner and surfer/model Malia Murphy) and Bolioli sets his imagination free with the concept of an open ocean rodeo in Ride the Wild Au, a surrealistic protest against dolphins in captivity that inspires the title for the collection.
“In Hawaii, I found both colour and aloha,” says Bolioli, “and that is what binds everything together.”
Dolphins, honu, hammerheads, spotted eagle rays, malolos (flying fish) and the ama`ama (the silver mullet so abundant in west side waters) feature prolifically in My Surreal Island Life. The environment is doubtless the other great influence in Bolioli’s work, reflected in two paintings commissioned by Guess that celebrate the richness of sea life as a response to worldwide environmental concerns. The patterns Pacifico and Indico are applied by the popular brand in a series of limited edition board shorts made of 100 percent recycled polyester from plastic bottles retrieved from the ocean.
“It’s the vibrancy of colour and subject matter that make Eduardo’s work so compelling,” says Four Seasons General Manager Charlie Parker. “It’s impossible to walk by and not feel immersed in an altered vision of the world that only Hawaii can inspire.”
Bolioli is commencing a one year program as Four Seasons Artist in Residence and will present four exhibits at Four Seasons over the course of his residency: My Surreal Island Life through December 2018; West Side Stories featuring Makaha’s legendary surfing scene through April 2019; and still to be named, a 1950s inspired retro collection and a summer collection of custom painted surfboards. Limited edition prints of his exhibited work will be available for sale at Four Seasons.
Guests and the community are welcome to visit Four Seasons and immerse themselves in the wild palette of colour and bold pop art that is Eduardo Bolioli’s unique perspective on island life. Following a fall tour in Uruguay, he will return to Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina for the Resort’s Thanksgiving Moonlight Market on November 24 and a stand alone exhibition at Four Seasons on December 1, 2018.
About Eduardo Bolioli
After moving to the US in the late seventies, Eduardo Bolioli studied at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City. It was in Hawaii where he learned to balance his art and his passion for surfing, painting surfboards for world champion surfers including Shaun Tomson, Martin Potter and Sunny Garcia. He soon became an art director for brands such as Local Motion and Blue Hawai’i and designed for Quiksilver and Billabong.
Perhaps most famously in his early years in Hawaii, he designed concert posters for Miles Davis, Aerosmith, UB40 and many other bands on tour. His unique style caught the attention of Myles Tanaka, art director of VH1, and soon after he was creating animations for the music channel.
In 1991 Bolioli became the signature artist for ABSOLUT HAWAII, participating in the “Statehood” campaign published in USA Today, Newsweek and Time Magazine.
On hiatus from the art world, he raised his two boys in Uruguay, and in 2014 left South America for Honolulu once again to begin his painting career anew with the support of professional surfer Jun Jo, who presented him in a one man show in Waikiki’s Chinatown.
Based in Makakilo, Eduardo Bolioli has since presented local and international art exhibits and his work is collected around the globe. His work is published in Italy as part of the book Irio Un colore splendido (2015) by Benedetta Tadei and in Surf Artworks by Julien Roulland in France, where he is featured as the pioneer of surfboard art with Posca markers.
Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina