Solomon Robert Nui Enos is a Native Hawaiian artist, illustrator, and visionary. Born and raised in Makaha Valley (O‘ahu, Hawai‘i), Solomon hails from the well-known Enos ‘ohana. His mother, Shelly, his brothers, and wife, Meredith, are all active contributors to the community. His father, Eric Enos, is an accomplished artist and cultural practitioner who has been active in the community for more than 40 years. A proud papa of four, Solomon credits his family as the source of his artistic inspiration and drive.
Like his family, Solomon, too, has the creative gene and has been making art for more than 30 years. His recent work reveals an extraordinary talent, adept at artistic expression in a wide variety of media including oil paintings, book illustrations, outdoor murals (both painted and in glass mosaic), and mixed-media sculptures. A self-described “intelligent optimist,” Solomon’s art expresses his own aspirational vision of the world at its best, which is, at times, deployed through poly-fantastic (science fiction) narratives. His work touches on themes of ancestry and identity, the human relationship with the Earth, and the future of Hawai‘i, its people, and its resources.
Solomon has exhibited in Biennial X (Honolulu Museum of Art), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Queensland Art Gallery), CONTACT art exhibitions, and others. His work is held in private collections and in the public collections of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Hawai'i State Art Museum. He has led numerous community mural projects and has received art commissions for hotels, corporate offices, public buildings, and schools in Hawai'i.
2018 "Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of APA Science Fiction", Wing Luke Museum, Seattle
2018 "Flower Fan", Aupuni Space, Kaka‘ako
2018 "CONTACT ZONE", Hawai‘i Theatre, Honolulu
2017 " 'Ae Kai: Culture Lab on Convergence", Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Honolulu
2017 "Wa'a + Lewa: Reflections on Voyaging", Aupuni Place, Honolulu
2017 "CONTACT 3017", Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu
2017 "Radical Optimist", The ARTS at Marks Garage, Honolulu.
2016 "CTRL+ALT: Culture Lab on Imagined Futures", Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, New York
2016 "CONTACT 2016", Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu
2016 "Out with the NEW, in with the OLD", Nano Gallery, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu
2016 "Mana Moana: HNL/AKL", an artist exchange funded by Creative New Zealand, Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
2015 "NŪ: The Next 500 Years, DAWSON Art Project", Honolulu; Ancestral Spaces, Ancestral Futures, WCIT Architecture, Honolulu
2015 "CONTACT 2015", Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu
2014 "M.A.P. III" Maoli Art Pedagogy, Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery, Kāne‘ohe
2014 "CONTINUITY / A Mau A Mau", CNHA 13th Annual Native Hawaiian Conference, Honolulu
2014 "PEWA II", SPF Projects, Honolulu, two-man show with Carl F.K. Pao
2014 "CONTACT 2014", Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu