Christchurch-based artist Riki Manuel is a master carver, moko artist, printmaker and volunteer art teacher.
He established the Te toi Mana Maori Art Gallery in 1984 with the help of Chris Doig, the then-director of the Arts Centre. He is now working out of a mobile studio on his property after the Arts Centre was shuttered in the wake of the February quake. (31?42?)
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(Te Karaka) Christchurch master carver, printmaker and moko artist, Riki Manuel (Ngati Porou), got his first tattoo when he was twelve. He did it himself – a small koru-curl that still decorates one of his ankles.
Riki has come a long way since then. Not only is he sought-after for his traditionally-based moko designs, he’s also worked on the carvings for several marae, including, most recently, his work as master carver for Ngai Tahu’s Rapaki Marae, overlooking Lyttelton Harbour.
Now, after losing his house to the Christchurch earthquakes and carving/moko studio within the now-closed Arts Centre complex, Riki is re-establishing himself in his new home-based studio at Medway Moko.