Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tohu—A Folklore of Mark Making


This sculpture series pays homage to Pine Taiapa not only as a tohunga whakairo (master woodcarver) pivotal in the revival of customary carving during the late 1920s but also as a matakite, a seer and storyteller… The series also pays homage to Para Matchitt as a founding artist of the contemporary Māori art movement that emerged during the 1950s.

Chris Bryant-Toi

Chris Bryant-Toi


Ngāti Porou

(1970- )

Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Te Toi Hou, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 1994. He is currently completing a Master of Māori Visual Arts at Te Putahi a Toi, Massey University, in Palmerston North. Chris is a practising artist, art educator, curator and writer. He is a founding member of Te Taumata Art Gallery in Auckland. Currently, Chris has returned home to re-establish his Napier studio and is teaching at Toimairangi School of Māori Visual Culture, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, in Hastings. Since his appointment in 1993, Chris has continued to serve on the Te Atinga (Committee of Contemporary Māori Visual Arts) of Toi Māori Aotearoa. He has exhibited since 1994 in various exhibitions in New Zealand and in “Haka” (1997-98), which toured the United Kingdom.