Chris Heaphy

Name
Chris Heaphy
Iwi/Ethnicity
Ngāi Tahu/Kai Tahu/Māori
Date of birth
1965
Place of birth
New Plymouth/Taranaki (region)/New Zealand
Nationality
New Zealander
Biography
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, Canterbury University, in 1991, Chris Heaphy spent time exhibiting and practising in Aotearoa New Zealand before completing a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT University, Melbourne, in 1998. He received the Olivia Spencer Bower Fellowship in 1995.

Incorporating symbols, signs and anamorphic figures inspired by everyday objects, pop art and traditional Māori rock drawings, Heaphy’s paintings traverse cultural divides to explore concepts relating to culture and identity.