One of the most photographed buildings in Vanuatu is the Post Office in the capital of Port Vila. Sculptured and painted by Aloi Pilioko, it is one of many subjects that have been touched by the Wallis artist.
From buildings, both commercial and personal households, to cars, pots, pans, boats, sculptures and carvings and many more – there is nothing that Pilioko and his beloved friend Nicolai Michoutouchkine haven’t brightened up. Their distinct pieces are unique and the work of Pilioko and Michoutouchkine can be found all over the world. In fact, to this day, Pilioko still continues to receive orders.
It is believed that Pilioko and Michoutouchkine’s art has been exhibited in over 40 countries. Luckily for you, if you are in Vanuatu, you will have the opportunity to see it first-hand – and if you’re there early, you might get a glimpse of Pilioko himself.
Their house, which also serves as a museum, showcases their vibrant pieces which includes their own large canvases and sculptures as well as an impressive collection of cultural artificats they have gathered from across the globe.
Pilioko’s famed Russian counterpart passed away in 2010 and the colorful pair were known for their creative endeavours. Michoutouchkine was believed to be the loud one and Pilioko the quieter one. Journalists have always struggled to get a word out of Pilioko despite his flamboyant appearance but his artwork speaks for itself. Now in his 80s, Pilioko still may not say much but the fact that he lives three floors up and continues to paint every morning certainly says something about his character.
The Pilioko and Michoutouchkine musuem is situated along Pango Road, right by the beach, and is a unique alternative to other museums. It is ideal for both children and adults, costing 1000vt for adults and 400vt for children to enter.
Don’t forget to bring your camera and some mosquito spray!
For more information, please call +678 23367.