MICHEL TUFFERY MNZM, MFA (Hon). Born Wellington, 1966.
Lives and works, Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand, of Samoan, Rarotongan and Ma’ohi Tahitian heritage. My art practice is multidisciplinary however I majored in printmaking at art school. I’m passionate about the medium but it’s not exclusive in how I create. Conceptually I work across all media’s collaborating on installations and performance artworks that traverse cultural boundaries and defy concrete categorisation. I’m a keen historian and prolific researcher and my art brings you into these studies, for me, it’s all about creating conversations.
My kaupapa is to take the role of working “in between” as a connector by placing a fresh lens on environmental, community, cultural and art historical divides. I had the benefit of being in the first wave of artists with Pacific ancestry to work within the contemporary art world and we all came to prominence in the early 1990’s. I’ve sustained an amazing art career, with incredible platforms to engage myself creatively all over the world. As an active participator in contemporary culture my artwork is curated into major international exhibitions and commissions. Having undertaken numerous research and artist in residencies throughout the USA, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Asia, India, Australia and much closer to home Aotearoa and proudly the Pacific. It is always an honour to be recognised by the art world and in 2008 I was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to art. However, the real reward is to enrich communities through my art.