Current Featured Artist 29(2)

Featured Artist: Selwyn Muru


Selwyn Muru (Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri), one of New Zealand’s most senior Māori artists, is a tribal repository of knowledge, painter, sculptor, playwright, musician, pioneer broadcaster, fisherman, educator, and former orator for New Zealand’s governor-general, Sir Anand Satyanand. Muru first studied art under Katerina Mataira at Northland College. He later founded Te Toi Hou, the Māori Art Department at Elam School of Fine Arts, and taught Māori whaikōrero (oratory) classes for the University of Auckland’s Māori Studies Department; he was also official Māori orator for the University of Auckland. He acted alongside Kiri Te Kanawa in the film Runaway. He wrote the first Māori-language play to be televised, To Ohaki o Niho, and several other plays in English that were brought to the stage in New Zealand, including The Ballad of Tupou, The Gospel According to Tane, and Get the Hell Home Boy. He produced and directed many documentaries for radio and television, and his art has been represented in numerous national and international exhibitions, including the first Johannesburg Art Biennale in 1995.

 Te Whiti Tohu (1975-1977)