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 collection of the Hawai’i State Art Museum. He has participated in various community mural projects and has received numerous art commissions for upscale hotels, corporate offices, public buildings, and schools in Hawai’i.