Reuben Paterson (b. 1973, Ngati Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi) graduated from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1997. His hallmark glitter paintings are instantly recognizable, and Paterson can be considered one of New Zealand’s most exciting contemporary artists working today.
He has an extensive exhibition history and his works having been included in shows at the Musee du quai Branly, Paris, France (2011), Cambridge University of Anthropology and Archaeology Cambridge, England (2007), and the International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague (2007). Paterson undertook a major commission for the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, (QAGoMA) Brisbane (2009) and for the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi O Tamaki’s education centre in 2012.
In 2021 Paterson’s crystal Waka sculpture Guide Kaiārahi was completed. Rising vertically from Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s forecourt pool, the stunning 10-metre-high crystal Waka casts a galaxy of stars over the Gallery and beyond. Combining references to natural and supernatural realms, the sculpture draws upon Māori cosmology and creation narratives.
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