Papuan Man Portrait Painting

Portrait of a traditional inhabitant of Papua New Guinea

Papuan Man Painting by Frank Wagtmans
Hand-painted painting of a Papuan man by Frank Wagtmans.



This large, unique portrait of an inhabitant of Papua New Guinea is a real eye-catcher for any modern interior. The portrait is painted with a large colour palette including blue, red, orange, white, yellow, green, brown and black. The portrait is shown enlarged with direct eye contact to the viewer. The Papuan is painted with many layers of acrylic paint, in which the colours subtly run into each other or are tightly bound together. Here and there, the thickness of the paint has been applied to make the portrait more lively. The canvas has a size of 200 x 140 cm. The signature of Wagtmans was applied with a paint tube, making it clear for the future. In conclusion, the whole thing is sealed off with a beautiful high-gloss varnish layer.

Papuan Man Painting by Frank Wagtmans
Hand-painted portrait of a Papuan man by Frank Wagtmans | Dimensions: 200 x 140 cm.


The word Papua refers to a Malaysian word that describes the frizzy hair of the inhabitants of Papua New Guinea.

Papuans are the original inhabitants of the island of Papua New Guinea and some neighbouring islands. The culture is very diverse, with around 6,450,000 inhabitants living in different ethnic tribes. There are an estimated 300 different tribes that guarantee a nice diversity of culture. There are similarities within these ethnic tribes but they all have their own culture. Each tribe has its own lifestyle, religion, habitat and of course its own language.

About 75% of Papua New Guinea's population lives in the highlands, which are difficult to reach. 

About 2% speak English, but the majority speak an indigenous language. A total of 823 indigenous languages are spoken. There are differences between these indigenous languages, but the differences are not great. The most important languages are Tok Pisin and Hiri Motu.

The majority of Papuans still live in traditional tribes, each tribe having its own way of life and customs. Many inhabitants get their necessities of life from nature and live from fishing, hunting or agriculture. When Papuans build houses or huts or make tools, weapons or clothing, they use materials from the nature they are surrounded by.