Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tataihono • Ancestral Connections


The colour of this piece is Bone, which is linked to the concept of iwi (a tribe of people connected by blood). The central design element is the rauru, two elements locked together. All of the imagery is held within the wings of a hovering bird.

Steve Gibbs

Steve Gibbs


Ngāi Tamanuhiri, Ngāti Kahungunu

(1955- )

Steve was born and raised in Gisborne. In 1978 he earned a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he majored in painting, printmaking and art history, then completed a Diploma in Secondary Teaching at the Christchurch College of Education in 1979. He has worked as a lecturer in Māori Design at Christchurch Polytechnic and, since 1994, as principal tutor at Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Arts at the Tairāwhiti Polytechnic in Gisborne.