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The first street art festival of its kind in New Zealand, Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival captures the diversity of mural painting practice, and what’s new and relevant in global urban culture.
Graffiato's ever-expanding portfolio of over 85 murals brings transformation, wonder and vibrancy to the urban lane ways and streets they inhabit. Even locals continue to find surprises hidden away down these charming back alleys.
An exciting collection of local Taupo artists and prominent New Zealand artists have been secured for the ninth annual Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival to be held in Taupo’s town centre this Labour Weekend, 26 – 28 October 2019.
Established New Zealand artists Gina Kiel, Xoë Hall, Gwil and Yelz are among the headline artists attending the festival in October.
Tāne is a Taupo local, and this will be his fourth time at Graffiato. Tāne currently works as a mechanic and does screen printing in his spare time. He draws inspiration from graffiti, hip-hop, wildlife and history and is passionate about raising awareness through his art.
REKS comes from a graffiti background and a senior member of the Kākano Youth Arts Collective in West Auckland. This is a unique visual arts initiative for young artists aged between 12 and 20 years old, based at Corban Estate Arts Centre. He has also just had his debut solo exhibition titled END OF THE LINE in Auckland.
Larissa McMillan is another new face to Graffiato, though she is no stranger to mural art with her unique calligraphy skills, and a desire to combine her passions of visual art and communications taking her from city streets to gallery walls, and everything in between.
Gina Kiel is an award-winning illustrator who can be found exhibiting at group shows around the world, creating at her home studio for clients locally and internationally, tattooing and painting impressive psychedelic murals that explore ideas of life, death, spirituality and pop culture.
Xoë is a multimedia painter and illustrator who exhibits her creations regularly in New Zealand and overseas. Xoë has a passion for large scale painting, intricate details, experimenting with new materials and collaborating with other artists. As part of the TeacherTalk team, she creates learning resources for Early Childhood Education teachers.
Xoë Hall and Gina Kiel have both been to Graffiato before though this year they will be collaborating on a wall together. They have two very distinct styles, which will combine to deliver a fun and creative mural.
Yelz has been part of the wall painting community for many years but has only attended Graffiato once before. This year he has asked for a big wall which has been delivered. “I would expect he will give us something pretty spectacular” says Festival Curator Ross Liew.
This will be Gwil’s second time at Graffiato. Working as a graphic designer by day, Gwils murals are commonly recognised by hard edged lines and the whimsical nature of his illustration style. He enjoys painting animals and plant life and will be painting with a brush and roller at Graffiato.
First time at Graffiato. Paul works in a range of mediums, from spray paint to watercolour. Paul is famous for painting over 50 utility boxes around the country, several of which are in Taupo and Rotorua, as well as the Footrot Flats dog on a water tank and a tribute to the Christchurch mosque shooting victims.
First time at Graffiato. Pauly B was involved in the delivery of Boon Street Art Festival in Hamilton. Pauly creates works that uplift viewers and encourage them to reflect, painting stylized figurative murals that explore aspects of the human spirit and our relationship to each other and the natural world.
Ross is the curator of Graffiato: Taupō Street Art Festival having been involved since its origin in 2011. Ross is an art practitioner, advocate and curator with over 15 years’ experience in public art and a founding member of Cut Collective; an Auckland based art collective specialising in art led public projects and bespoke outcomes for commercial application – painting under the alias TrustMe.
An exciting collection of local Taupo artists and prominent New Zealand artists have been secured for the ninth annual Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival.
View the map below or download the Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival walking tour map and check out a selection of 30 walls that show the wide breadth of work within Taupo.