Frank Oliva draws a great deal of inspiration for his paintings from what he sees in these beautiful islands, particularly the ocean and the lush Hawaiian vegetation. In 2007, he visited Australia and discovered whole new energy and art. With the aboriginal paintings, he incorporates an instinctive gift for color with aboriginal designs and patterns. His aboriginal series of paintings on furniture and canvas is unique. Hundreds of bursting color “dots” bubble on the surface, and yet the effect is peaceful, harmonious, and attuned with nature and the spirit of the aboriginal world. Every piece is original, every piece is a celebration of color.
He paints with acrylics on canvas, handmade paper, palm fronds, and wood.
Frank Oliva is a member of the Association of Hawaii Artists, the International Society of Acrylic Painters(ISAP) and the Windward Artists Guild. His paintings have been included in several galleries on Oahu, Nevada, and California. His canvas painting, “Aboriginal Paths” was accepted by the Honolulu Academy of Arts for the prestigious 2009 Artists of Hawaii juried art exhibition. He has received multiple awards with ISAP and other arts organizations and has been juried into numerous art exhibitions here and on the mainland. He was named a winner in the Artists Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition and featured in the Dec 2014 issue. His work has been published in a book released in May 2017 entitled A Celebration of Contemporary Art.