PAINTER FRANÇOIS RAVELLO DIES IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

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PAINTER FRANÇOIS RAVELLO DIES IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (May 27, 2001 – Tahitipresse)---The Pacific lost one of its great painters last week. François Ravello, 75, died on the island of Moorea Thursday of lung disease. Funeral services were held Friday.

Ravello arrived in Tahiti from Toulon, France in 1956.

He became a painter after working as a fisherman, a primary school teacher in the Marquesas Islands and a barman in the Tuamotu Islands.

His first exhibition took place in Tahiti in 1964 and was followed by many others in French Polynesia and also Paris and Tokyo.

His works featured the Polynesian way of life.

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