Brett Graham (of the Maori tribe Ngati Koroki Kahukura) is one of New Zealand's most accomplished contemporary artists with an impressive exhibition history. This includes exhibitions at the 2007 Venice Biennale and the 2006 and 2012 Sydney Biennales.Read More
Graham is renowned for his ability to combine abstract complex historical and cultural ideas in sculpture. They are symbolic and universal in their narratives and form, acknowledging the influence of European modernism, (for example, Brancusi), and Māori conceptions of growth and regeneration. The combination of traditional Maori carving and abstract form or high tech military and scientific equipment explores the convergence of ancient and contemporary beliefs and technologies. These in turn investigate the transmission of culture, power relations and how one culture may view another.
Graham graduated from the University of Auckland, School of Fine Arts (Elam) in 1988, and subsequently completed an MFA at the University of Hawaii (1991). Graham has a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
He is represented in the permanent collection of the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand.
Hawaii has a population of more than 1.4 million people but not a single museum is dedicated to contemporary art, said Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, a co-founder of the first Honolulu Biennial, which will open in spring 2017. “We can both highlight our tremendous local talent as well as bring in national and international contemporary artists...
New Zealand's official platform at the Venice Biennale began in 2001, and our formal representation was arguably already overdue at this point. There had been anomalous instances of New Zealanders exh