LIAM TE NAHU
(b. 1990, Napier, New Zealand)
Master of Arts (Visual Arts), Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, 2015
Born in 1990, in New Zealand, Liam Te Nahu affiliates with the iwi (tribal) groups, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Tainui and Ngai Tai.
Te Nahu graduated with a Masters of Arts (Visual Arts) in 2015 from the Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand. In 2015 his work was included in Australasia’s International Art Fair at the Carriage Works in Sydney.
Since 2009 Te Nahu has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions both as a student and as an artist in New Zealand and Australia. He uses traditional Maori korero, kōwhaiwhai, whakairo, taniko and tamoko, and presents them in modern, contemporary forms and styles. This is a contrast of traditional motifs within modern ideas. His work is influenced strongly by John Bevan Ford and James Ormsby.
Recently, Te Nahu has held solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and Australia. His work is held in many New Zealand collections including the Tairawhiti Museum (Gisborne) and the University of Waikato (Hamilton).
Recent Projects include: HYFR at ZEUS, Zeus Gallery, Tauranga, NZ (2017); Sydney Contemporary: Australasia's International Art Fair, Toi O Tahuna Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2015); Tēnā Koe, Calder and Lawson Gallery, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ (2014); Untitled, Toi O Tahuna Gallery, Queenstown, NZ (2013); Waiora Taiohi - Manawa Hou, Toi O Tahuna Gallery, Queenstown, NZ (2012); Untitled, Pataka Gallery, Wellington, NZ (2010)