Rangi Kipa

"Rangi Kipa is a renowned Māori sculptural artist. He grew up on the outskirts of Waitara, Taranaki at Ngapuketurua pā beside the Waiongona River, a site of great relevance to the origins of the Ātiawa people of Taranaki and skirted by major battle sites of the New Zealand War."

Rangi trained as a tauira whakairo at the Maraeroa carving school in Porirua in 1983-84 working in the style of his ancestors. Since then he has led "a reawakening of the renowned Ātiawa serpentine carving style, which hadn’t been practiced in Taranaki since the early nineteenth century."

"As a student in Māori studies and anthropology at Waikato University (1991 - 1993) Rangi was introduced to taonga puoro by Hirini Melbourne. Increasingly he began to study taonga held in museum collections with specific attention given to taonga puoro, whakakai (adornment) and rare forms from the early periods of Māori art."

Kipa completed a Master of Māori Visual Arts degree at Massey University (2001-2005).

~ quotes from Toi Maori Aotearoa.

See also:

Rangi Kipa (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Tama ki te Tauihu), ‘Maui’ (1992) [detail - Ra], LAIN Block, University of Waikato, Kirikiriroa Hamilton

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