Born in 1976, Carly Rangiaho is currently based in her tribal homeland at Tāneatua in the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Carly Rangiaho states 'my art is my passion. It makes me happy, so I do it. I teach art and continue to create my own art I enjoy being able to share with and be part of the future generations and their journey, through creating a visual language and sharing this with them. For me, art holds messages, history and stories. By looking at the styles and asking questions we can learn about the histories, stories and messages shared by our tīpuna through the arts, we can learn a lot about ourselves. What we learn we can share, add to and pass on to our tamariki, for them to explore, add to then pass on to their tamariki. What our tīpuna (ancestors) left for us is history, now. What we take from that and add to is history, tomorrow. It's a cycle we invite our tamariki (children) to continue.'
'Ko au ko Tūhoe
Ko Tūhoe ko au
Ko Tūhoe te iwi
Ko Tauarau te marae
Ko Ngāti Rongo te hapu
Ko Rangiaho te whānau'
'My whānau have had a huge influence on my life, because of these people I am who I am today. I am proud to be Tūhoe, to be a māmā and lucky to be supported in continuing my art journey by my whānau. I studied art at Tairawhiti Polytechnic and graduated with a Advanced Diploma in Māori Art and then continued on to complete my Graduate diploma in teaching. I have been lucky enough to attend many indigenous art exhibitions internationally, worked along side Tame Iti for a year, studied under Steve Gibbs, Derek Lardelli, Sandy Adsett and Simon Lardelli. I have been teaching art for the past thirteen years in various kura (schools) and for the last 6 years I have been home continuing to do my art while also teaching and sharing with our tamariki from Taneatua Kura and Te Wharekura o Ruatoki. I enjoy teaching and find inspiration in working alongside our up and coming artists.'
'My most recent art pieces include designing and creating an art piece for Te Kura Whare, the iwi (tribal) office building for Tūhoe. The piece was 6 metres by 3 metres I spent three months completing the piece and feel privileged to contribute to our own whare. This is something that will be there for my tamariki and mokopuna and more generations to come. I also recently exhibited in Whakatane Museum for the Te Urewera exhibition. My motivation for all I do is my three boys, as a māmā I will work hard to ensure my boys are confident and proud of who they are as Tūhoe and through my mahi I hope this will help them to hold onto different kōrero specific to their iwi, hapu, and marae.'
Carly Rangiaho belongs to the Tuhoe tribe of the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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