About Us

Toi: summit, native, indigenous, art, knowledge.

Tangata: person, human, individual.
  'Whakangā, we are one with the earth'  by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White. Click   here   to learn more about this artwork.

'Whakangā, we are one with the earth' by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White. Click here to learn more about this artwork.

Established in October 2016, Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery is an online international contemporary Māori art gallery for the next generation art collector that wants to buy quality unique and attractive Māori art by actual Māori artists. We aim to be the leading number one online gallery in the world for a diverse range of authentic Māori art by an exciting handpicked curated selection of Māori artists.

Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery shares, promotes and sells the work of both up and coming, and established indigenous Māori artists from Aotearoa New Zealand. 

For international collectors and visitors to New Zealand, we make it easy for you by sending your purchased artworks direct to your home - wherever in the world that may be.

For Kiwi and Māori living overseas - you can get your hands on an authentic touch of home in the form of beautiful and clever art delivered direct to your door, in just a few clicks. For New Zealanders and Māori here in Aotearoa, you can confidently start or add to your existing art collection with Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery.

We currently specialize in open edition canvas prints, performance art and cultural tattooing (tā moko). In future we aim to also provide you with a carefully curated selection of original paintings, carving, weaving, taaniko, limited edition prints, jewelry, books/publications, musical instruments and contemporary taonga (treasures) by some of New Zealand's finest Māori artists.

Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery is exclusively Māori owned and operated, and we only represent legitimate, authentic (through geneaology) Māori artists.

Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery was born from a desire to serve Māori artists, and to help contribute to their economic freedom, independence, sovereignty and sustainability so that they can thrive and continue to create and develop their art practices, and thus better serve the communities that they belong to. When you buy art from Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery, you will be contributing directly to this kaupapa/concept.

Right now in Aotearoa, New Zealand there is a proliferation of non-Māori gallerists, dealers and 'souvenir shops' selling 'Māori Art' by non-Māori artists outside of the Māori culture. Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery aims to provide an alternative to this issue, through this website and at our live events, keeping Māori art and the ideas and intellectual property that art represents, firmly in the hands of real Māori artists who belong to, and are accountable to real Māori communities and culture. An easy way for the conscious, discerning and responsible collector to ascertain whether an artwork you are looking at is indeed authentic Māori art, is to enquire into the tribal affiliations of the artist. 

Every art work that you buy from Toi Tangata Māori Art Gallery comes with it's own individual Certificate of Authenticity including all details of the work, the artist and the purchase price for your personal records.

We aim to make a positive impact on the world and to raise consciousness through sharing innovative, authentic, beautiful, thought provoking, quality indigenous Māori art, ideas, philosophies and perspectives.

We also specialize in hosting Māori Art pop up exhibitions, performance art installations and special events globally.

  'Whare Tangata'  by Daniel Ormsby. Click   here   to learn more about this artwork.

'Whare Tangata' by Daniel Ormsby. Click here to learn more about this artwork.

  'Te Hononga'  by Carly Rangiaho. Click   here   to buy this work.

'Te Hononga' by Carly Rangiaho. Click here to buy this work.

 

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