South Auckland artist Andy Leleisi'uao says he's still angry but his perspective has grown to appreciate more than just a Pacific world view.
The Samoan-New Zealander's work explores urban issues among the Pacific diaspora such as domestic violence, poverty, racism and unemployment.
The themes are confronting and court controversy.
The former Wallace Art Award supreme winner has been a fulltime artist since 1996 and his works have showed in New Zealand and around the world.
The Wallace Arts Trust has brought together a 22 year survey of his work - Kamoan Mine - to the trust's historic Pah Homestead near Auckland airport.
He told Dominic Godfrey winning the supreme award was a great acknowledgement of the individual piece that the prize was judged on.