Volcano Art Center Featured Artists

Louis Denolfo

Denolfo, Louis (“Louie the Fish”)

Louie the Fish boasts a 30 year career as a carver of bone and pearl shell fishhooks and exquisitely detailed fish, turtles, and other marine life as pendants. He has lived and worked in Hawai’i, Samoa, Fiji, and New Zealand, and has been a major influence on the handicraft industries in these remote islands.

His fishhook pendants are carefully crafted original hand-carved replicas of hooks from many Polynesian cultures, lashed and corded in the traditional style. His marine wildlife pendants are accurate renderings of many species of fish, turtles, and marine mammals, carefully finished with lifelike detail. Each carving is a unique and treasured tiny work of art from a master carver in the South Pacific.

Using his large collection of reference photos of artifacts from many South Pacific cultures, Louie the Fish carves fine, accurate replica hooks as pendants, in bone, ivory, pearl shell, rare woods and black water buffalo horn.

In 1970, Louie earned a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii, and, inspired by a course in Primitive Art, began carving replicas of Polynesian fish hooks and fish pendants in bone shortly thereafter.