Taniela Petelo

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Taniela Petelo is a visual artist and musician, born and raised in Haveluloto, Tongatapu, Tonga. In 2008, Taniela began training in fine arts under Tevita Latu, who taught art at the ‘Atenisi Institute. Taniela eventually developing a style using pieces with mixed media, ranging from charcoal and pencil on paper to clay, newspaper and mixed media. Taniela has been exhibiting in Tonga regularly since 2009,  and earlier this year was featured in the Maketi Ples 2014 exhibition in Sydney.


2 thoughts on “Taniela Petelo

  1. Fabulous spread on a fabulous artists. MORE MORE MORE please. All the best in your endeavours Nela 🙂 great to see you progressing continuously in your work.
    Just want to point out to the author that Icon (who we work regularly with ) did not reach Tonga till Sept 2010 so it doesn’t make sense that there was an exhibition in 2009. I could be mistaken tho and would be interested to know more info- any idea what that exhibition was in 2009? and the others since too. Cheers.
    Outstanding to see a feature on one of Tongas own. We definitely need more written work about our local artists like this . Malo e ngaue


    • Malo e Ebonie! Thank you so much for the comment! We’ll make sure to check in with Nela about the exhibition in 2009. For more artists, keep an eye out for Sisi‘uno Helu’s profile to be added soon! Robin Fifita is featured in ArtSpeak as well, and her profile is up on the blog.
      Thank you again so much for your support! We’ll keep adding artists.
      Malo ‘aupito!


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