About the Artist
Hello, my name is Ray Reynolds, in some circles I am known as TikiMango or simply Mango. I am a self-taught artist that resides in Satellite Beach, FL. I was born in Angeles City, Philippines, and came to the States when I was 3 years old.
I spent my formative years growing up in Satellite Beach, FL, but I have lived and visited a multitude of places. Southern California was very influential to my style of art after spending 13 years there. Due to my Filipino heritage I have always been drawn to Polynesian and Oceanic art, and moving to SoCal reminded me so very much as to why... the tiki culture is alive and well there. I moved to SoCal right at the beginning of the Tiki Revival that started in the mid 1990s. New art began to surface that mimicked ancient Islander art, but soon these new artists found their own voices and created what is known today as Polynesian Pop or Tiki Modern. This revival sparked an ember within myself that I had forgotten.
My paintings run the gamut of styles and subject matter, and are usually done in acrylics for the freedom they allow me. I find that my paintings are a visual escape from the hectic pace of everyday life. My paintings honor Island artisans, yet get a contemporary treatment that helps to connect the old with the new. I feel it's important to have this connection and hope it comes through in my work. I try to honor the traditional art styles of Polynesia and Oceania with my work, while injecting my own feelings and heart.
All of my tiki carvings are done with simple chisels and mallet, a time consuming but enjoyable labor of love. I try to avoid painting my tikis as I would rather the wood speak to me and all who view it. On occasion paint is required though, especially on any pieces that pay homage to Papua New Guinea where bright colors are the norm. Most of my tikis are stained and/or sealed so they can provide enjoyment for many years to come.
Bone is my newest carving medium. They are completed with a mix of rotary power tools and traditional hand tools, all coming together with elbow grease. I find that cow bones are the easiest to get here in the United States, so the majority of my work is in this material. Bone let's me experiment with different styles and subjects, allowing me to blend various elements for truly unique results.
I am the proud father of three great kids who are talented in their own rights, and am owned by an American Staffordshire Terrier named Ikaika Matai. His named translates to "strong black pine".