Aloï Pilioko is a contemporary artist born in 1953 on Uvea island (Wallis). In 1956, he went to work to New-Hebrides (now Vanuatu) in a plantation on Epi island. One year later, he met Nicolaï Michoutouchkine in an art gallery in Noumea. Michoutouchkine notices Aloï's artistic potential and encourages his creation. The two artists mutually learn from each other and they become inseparable. Aloï joined Nicolai, who left to work in Futuna. There he learned the art of embroidery, which will have a major influence in his career. While in Futuna they collect beautiful pieces and in 1961, they left for the New Hebrides . From there, Nicolaï and Aloï keep travel across the Pacific, meeting with artists, personalities and collecting objects. They are the first to dare exhibit contemporary works with traditional objects. They are considered as precursor of the contemporary art movement in the Pacific and participated in its development, by organizing workshops of artists .
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