Michel Tuffery MNZM is a New Zealand-based artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Ma’ohi Tahitian heritage.
Within his art practice he plays the role of working ‘in between’ people and places, and focusing a fresh lens on environmental, community, cultural and art historical divides.
Michel is a passionate educator who openly shares his kauapapa and knowledge to empower our youth through residencies and workshops for school-aged children in New Zealand and abroad.
He exhibits worldwide and has undertaken research and community residencies throughout the United States, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Asia, India, Australia, as well as Aotearoa and the Pacific.
In 2008, Michel was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to art – his ongoing rewards come from enriching communities through his art.
Michel will have works in one of the eight houses on the Tour.