Born in Waitara, Taranaki, Darcy Nicholas has been actively involved in the contemporary Maori art movement since the late 1960’s. He has exhibited throughout New Zealand, Australia, Africa, United States, France, India, Britain, Germany, Netherlands, and Canada.
He featured in the documentary ‘Land of my Ancestors’ which was about his art, as well as articles and publications in America, Canada, Britain, and France. His work is held in many private collections throughout the world as well as private and public collections in New Zealand, the National gallery of Scotland, and the Volkerkrunde museum in Germany. In 1984 he won a Fulbright Cultural Award to observe African American and Native American art. He has been responsible for several major cultural exchanges between Native American and Maori artists. He curated major touring exhibitions to Australia, and Africa as well as being creative director for Maori Art meets America in San Francisco in 2005 and Maori art Market 2007/09/11 and 14.
He has held senior management positions in the arts, and in Central and Local Government. In 2005 he won the Creative Wellington Award for his services to the arts in the greater Wellington region. In 2010 he was awarded the Queens Service Order (QSO) for services to Museums. In 2013 he was given the supreme award for Maori arts, ‘Te Tohu mo Te Arikinui Queen Te Atairangikaahu Te Waka Toi Exemplary Award.’ He lives in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
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