Donn Ratana

b. 1947

"Donn Ratana is, he tangata o te kohu, a man of the mist. He emerges from the ancestral Tūhoe mists which define the Urewera Ranges and gives agency to his artistic inquiry. The depictions of his early life to the socio-political provocations of his paintings and sculptural works emerge from a Tūhoe mind. Living in the midst of the mists that weave throughout the bridges of Kirikiriroa, he has created a lifetime of art through his own works and in the influence, he provided as the parent of two renowned artists: Saffron Te Ratana and Aimee Ratana. Beyond that still, as an art education specialist, training two generations of teacher trainees at the University of Waikato Te Whare Wananga o Waikato."

~ quoted from He Tangata o Te Kohu (A Man of the Mist) Ramp Gallery, 17 Nov 2022 - Jan 2023, curated by Leafa Wilson.

Donn Ratana (Ngāi Tūhoe), ‘Waikato Educators’ (1994), School of Education - Te Kura Toi Tangata, University of Waikato, Kirikiriroa Hamilton

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2022