The story of cultures colliding told through Maori Art in New Zealand parliament

Matire-White-Ornate-Frame-maori-portrait-painting-sofia-minson-new-zealand-artworkThis portrait of my Ngati Porou great-grandmother “Matire Te Horowai” wearing her traditional victorian dress and moko kauae (chin tattoo) will speak volumes about our cultural history in the heart of New Zealand’s capital.

Two of my artworks are on show at Bowen House Parliament Building in Wellington – with The Real Opotiki Exhibition from 8 Feb – 31 Mar 2017.

Matire Te Horowai lived in the East Cape of the North Island in the late 19th century – an era of heavy Europeanisation where there was severe juxtapositions of indigenous and colonising cultures, yet intermarriage managed to occur.

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Orakei School Art Exhibition opens tonight including Sofia Minson’s collaborative artwork with the children

2016 has been another great year doing a collaborative artwork with the children at Orakei School. This will be my 4th time participating and I always have such a blast.  It’s a very special school filled with kids from all sorts of cultural backgrounds and demographics, and this diversity makes for a rich source of creativity!

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60+ top contemporary New Zealand artworks on auction for new public sculpture

“Sometimes it’s up to artists to help other artists, so they can help the community” says Sofia Minson about this unique fundraiser for a new public sculpture in Masterton.

Ready to expand your collection of artworks by top contemporary NZ artists?art-for-our-valley-karl-maughan-michael-smither-sofia-minson-new-zealand-artwork

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Braided River Awareness & Fundraising Art Auction in Chirstchurch Sat 16 April

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This image is a detail of one of my works to be auctioned “Aoraki Gold” featuring an ornately detailed Kaki (Black Stilt bird) wading in Lake Pukaki with Aoraki Mt Cook in the background.
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Orakei School Art Exhibition and Sale 14-16 November 2014

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I’ll have several works exhibited at this year’s fundraiser for Orakei School including this newly framed giclee print of The Kaka is Calling (left). There is 75 prints available in this limited edition.

Tickets are available now for the gala night tonight, opening at 7:30pm (phone Jo Coutts on 027 4881456). Or, come along on Saturday 15th or Sunday 16th when the exhibition is open to viewing by the general public, times are from 9am to 5pm each day. Venue is the Orakei School Hall, Grace Street, Orakei, Auckland.

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