Arama is a painter, Whakairo (traditional Maori carver), Ta Moko (traditional Maori tattooist) and graphic artist based in Waitomo.
His artwork shares a common spirit intended to inspire, uplift and empower others. Arama is passionate about what he creates and continually searches for what it is that differentiates the normal from the exceptional as part of his process.
He feels alive when surrounded by nature, it sparks his creativity, helping Arama push the boundaries of his work. His art has elements and themes drawn from the people around him, worldwide culture and his family. He is constantly trying to raise the standards of his work while paying tribute to his Maori culture and Tupuna (ancestors). All of this helps bring confidence, conviction, balance and flow to his exquisite artistry.
Nau mai haere mai ki te whare Karamaha.
The house of many colours.
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngati Maniapoto te iwi
Nga tangata mahi toi
It is our honour to have you within these walls to cast your gaze upon the work that has been inspired and passed down to us from the hands, heads and hearts of our ancestors.
The language of art conveys the achievements, aspirations and wisdom of a culture. It is through art, that we in this time and space, express our love for life, land, learning and people, to you.
No matter where you come from, or where you are heading to, we wish you blessings from beautiful Waitomo.