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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Coming up in Wellington – Maori Art Market 14-16 November 2014


A sneak peek of one of my new works to be exhibited at Maori Art Market 2014 with The Poi Room

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Exhibition at Pataka Gallery in Wellington from 26 January to 3 March

I’m very excited to be involved in…
Aho Whenua - Threads sown from Earth
A group show featuring several of my oil paintings alongside a unique collection of contemporary Maori weaving, ceramics and jewellery.

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Portrait Exhibition in Wellington – The Makers of Modern NZ 1930-1990

Earlier this year The New Zealand Portrait Gallery commissioned me to do a painting of Dame Joan Metge to be part of their permanent collection and their current exhibition entitled The Makers of Modern New Zealand 1930 – 1990.

“Dame Joan Metge” by Sofia Minson 85x180cm oil on canvas

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