Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
Lisa Tamati

Lisa Tamati

Māori (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Raukawa)

(1968- )


“My love for jewellery and precious gems started when I began exporting New Zealand’s rare natural paua (abalone) pearls to Europe and Japan. Art runs in the family DNA, with my father Cyril being a leading New Zealand landscape artist and my Uncle Albert being a master carver. My brother Mitchell is also a talented goldsmith and mixed media artist.”

“I have sold over 2000 of my pieces throughout my career to people from all over the world. My focus has now developed to specializing in designs influenced by my Māori and Pacific region heritage, my love for nature and the gems its produces while influenced by my European education. I have a large range of opals that feature often in my works and my creations often also showcase Tahitian pearls, paua pearls (natural and cultured), paua shell, pounamu (greenstone) in sterling silver and gold. I like working with other Māori artists and being inspired by new mediums and techniques, my love for our natural surroundings, and my culture and ancestors. I am continually striving to grow as an artist and to honor my roots, my culture and my ancestors. I would describe my designs as being boldly feminine, curvaceous and strong, adventurous at times yet delicate and intricate.”

Lisa is among the top female ultra-athletes in the world. She has run 50 marathons, 130 ultra marathons and more than 70,000 km to date, traversed every major desert, and run the length of New Zealand for “Cure the Kids” and CanTeen charities making her a household name in New Zealand. She has appeared in numerous TV documentaries, hosted her own fitness show on TV, featured in dozens of magazines in New Zealand, Australia, USA and Europe, written two books, and most recently starred in the movie / documentary “Desert Runners”, one of eight athletes featured running the four desert series. She is sports coach, events director, and motivational speaker to both sports and corporate audiences.

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