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Josaia W McNamara

I consider myself as a visionary artist, as my inspirations derive from the foundation of three basic principles, which are inspired and influenced by Fijian culture, Catholicism and spiritualism. I believe that art is a form and way of life. It is universal. It has the potential and power to transform our lives, to me it is also a living entity, ever creative and developing, materially and spiritually.

Region: Naitasiri, Fiji

DOB: 16 February 1974

Place of Birth: Suva, Fiji

Languages: Fijian, English


Josaia Waqabaca McNamara is of Fijian and New Zealand descent and is a self-taught painter and a freelance artist who works and live in Waisasavu Village, Naitasiri.

In 1998 he joined the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture at the University of the South Pacific as a trainee artist and established himself as a professional artist in 2000 working alongside with members of the Red Wave Collective. He has been in a number of exhibitions and conferences in Fiji and internationally. In 2007, Josaia won the Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award, and later took up an artist residency for nine months at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University in Bangladesh.

Josaia states that his works are formulated on the foundation of three basic principles, which are related to Fijian culture, Catholicism and Esoteric spirituality. As an artist he sense that art has the power to change us individually and collectively in our present societies. For him art is universal. It is ever changing and creative. A way and form of life.

I consider myself as a visionary artist, as my inspirations derive from the foundation of three basic principles, which are inspired and influenced by Fijian culture, Catholicism and spiritualism. I believe that art is a form and way of life. It is universal. It has the potential and power to transform our lives, to me it is also a living entity, ever creative and developing, materially and spiritually.
At this present time, I am compiling a volume of writings about my works. This comprises, philosophical personal commentaries related to universal issues on culture, religion and Oriental spirituality.
(J. McNamara)
Philosophical Art Statement
The essence of Culture, Religion and Spirituality is rooted in the formation of Universality. It is in a constant evolution of recreation and regeneration, within the cycle of history and creation. Universality is a living entity progressing towards the path of perfection and purity through the movements and momentum of the orbs. The earth is a planet naturally afloat and vibrating in the heavens, it is just a living particle of dust in the vast ocean of our universe. We humans as part of this creation are vessels of the limitless energies and powers that swirl as mighty storms around us. The principalities and powers of our universe are some of the key players that influence every man that comes into existence. Man who are the gateways to these invisible influences are masters of living sacrifices, manifested and seen visible on earth, due to the fact that the human body is the vestment of the soul and this soul is the temple of the higher spirit. This spirit opens to us the path of divine life that we may hear and listen to her calling and guiding us to the shores of divine light so that in this light, we may fulfill the cycle of recreation and regeneration through the Christ. The Christ who is hidden in the body, crucified in the soul and raised in the spirit, by these mysteries, man will know the essence of universality of the holy Trinity, who binds the whole of history and creation in the form, life and wisdom of man.
(J. McNamara)

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