Abstract Art: A piece of history that maori will always remember

June 12, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

Family of 15 and 10th child was Raukure or Ralph Hotere whom is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's most important contemporary Artist. Maori painter and sculptor. Known for his minimal Blackpaintings, composed of simple bands or crosses of color laid over dark backgrounds. “There are very few things I can say about my work that are better than saying nothing,” the artist said. Born Hone Papita Rakura Hotere in 1931 in Mitimiti, he was very politically active and used his paintings as a platform for his message.

A documentary, called Hotere, about his art and work, was released in 2001. The artist died on February 24, 2013 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

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