This portrait is of Katz (Arekātera) Maihi, a ta moko artist, carver and musician. Katz began his mataora journey with Tu in 2016 after deciding to fully embrace the artform of which he maintains. He now adorns what he calls his “old face”.
This painting was done during the Pasifika festival on the Gold Coast Arts Centre in 2017 as a collaborative project between Matty Te Paea and Turumakina Duley. It represents the moko revival, the mana of being Māori and normalising our facial markings. In a traditional situation, the role of Matataki is to challenge and determine the intentions of a visiting party from an unknown tribe/origin.