Raymond Lalotoa's heritage is Samoan but his family immigrated to the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia when he was 13. As a child, growing up in a strict church environment, he fell into creativity as a source of escapism and that’s how his life began. For Lalotoa, music, art and relating to people is an important combination for him and as a human being, he feel's like his journey to connect has still only just begun.

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Fallen Broken Street, Stone & Wood, My Sydney Riot presents...

**/// LISTEN TO THE KIDS ///**

An art show by Sydney based artists Raymond T Lalotoa

Lalotoa's 'Listen to the Kids' exhibition will be held at A Spot Of Genius in Byron Bay Wednesday, July 19th. The inspiration behind the title is that everything is art and we need to pay more attention to the next generation and what they have to say. Lalotoa is of the opinion that our current power structures are failing us and we need to bring the power back to the people and let the next generation be heard at all levels.

Most of his canvasses are found from the streets or recycled materials. By repurposing discarded objects, he breathes new life into them, giving them voices with slogans and strong simple imagery to create inspiration and conversation in their chosen new homes.

Artwork by Raymond Lalotoa // @raymondtlalotoa

Artwork by Raymond Lalotoa // @raymondtlalotoa

Raymond Tuifao Lalotoa has been an independent artist since the day he left Suburbia for the inner city of Sydney to follow his dreams at the age of 16. Ray has carved out a pretty unique creative existence for himself, which has allowed him to experience a very punk rock adventure like only a Samoan (son of a preacher man) let loose in the city can.Over the last ten years Ray has made a lot of music, fronting his soul punk band 'Fait Accompli', as fifth member of 'Goons of Doom' and original drummer for 'Mylee and the Milk Shakes'. He has moonlighted with the 'Bumblebeez' and was once the vocalist for All Star punk band 'The Stalkers', which included Ben Ely and Pete Kostic from Regurgitator and also The Hard Ons’ Ray Ahn. Ray has also created his own solo music under the name 'Samoan Punks'.Recently he's been collaborating on a trip hop music project with friend and Skate legend 'Brett Chan' and over the summer Ray recorded a 6 track Hip Hop record, 'GIRL'. Ray is also a Music Producer, Film maker and founder of underground music movement 'MY SYDNEY RIOT' which has given rise to many independent artists that have come through Sydney over the past ten years.On top of all his musical adventures, Ray is also a visual artist. “Art is life” according to Ray who paints and creates daily. Ray’s love for art and music have brought him many amazing opportunities; creating art for bands and music venues, painting murals, designing tour posters and merch for touring artists.

Artwork by Raymond Lalotoa // @raymondtlalotoa

Artwork by Raymond Lalotoa // @raymondtlalotoa

’Samoan in Surry Hills’ was Ray's major debut art exhibition which was held in 2013 and ’60 faces’ followed in 2014. Ray has also had pop up art shows in small galleries, in music venues and in friends’ apartments. He even recently curated the ‘Save Bondi Pavilion’ group art show to help spread awareness about keeping the Pav in the hands of the community away from the claws of capitalism. This is just another day with another punk mission when it comes to the life of Ray.

Artwork by Raymond Lalotoa // @raymondtlalotoa

Artwork by Raymond Lalotoa // @raymondtlalotoa


This current art show ‘LISTEN TO THE KIDS’ is a family of works which expresses Ray's visual thoughts about society in simple terms with positive slogans to help keep the bad voodoo at bay. All of his canvasses are mostly objects found on the streets, giving new life to these discarded pieces is a major part of Ray’s ethos “Everything is art”.

His art shows title ‘LISTEN TO THE KIDS’ is partly borrowed from the Kanye West quote ”LISTEN TO THE KIDS, BRO!”. It is a simple quote based loosely on music and politics, but if you look deeper you’ll see that we are currently living through a moment in time where the adults are failing. There needs to be another way for all of us to get through ‘this thing called life’ in peace and with a more positive state of mind. If we don’t seek the knowledge of the kids then who knows what might happen? Just look at who we have in power right now!This art show is a reflection away from all of the negative noise, bringing it all back to the simple beautiful things in life. Light, colour and sound.

"THE KIDS ARE THE FUTURE! THE KIDS KNOW WHAT'S UP! LISTEN TO THE KIDS!" 
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Original words supplied by My Sydney Riot