“Wade’s focus is capturing Polynesian dreamscapes and the related emotional tie we have with far away lands. His vibe intersects with those same emotions–unspoiled, nirvana-esque landscapes, islander portraits, and ephemeral visions that make you want to sell it all and travel." - Jim Moriarty, President of The Surfrider Foundation
Wade Koniakowsky, one of the nation’s leading ocean-inspired artists, began painting at the age of six and started surfing before he was 12. By blending these two passions, he has gained worldwide recognition for his oil paintings of tropical interpretations.
The ocean inspires the painter to visually express his thoughts and images onto canvas, evoking the emotions of tranquility, power, beauty, light, and color. “The ocean is my muse,” says Wade. “The warmth, color and atmosphere of tropical places and people are the soul of my paintings.”