Kelcy Taratoa (b. 1972)
Ngai Te Rangi / Ngati Ranginui / Ngati Raukawa)
Kelcy Taratoa is a New Zealand painter. His works are vivid, hard-edged, and graphic. Taratoa's formative years were divided between the small town of Levin and the West Coast city of New Plymouth on the North Island. In 1990 he relocated to Palmerston North to undertake trade training, and later in 1998 commenced training at Massey University, graduating in 2005 with a Master of Maori Visual Arts degree.
Whilst popular culture, technology, and science fiction have been source material for his highly political and deeply personal works, 2019 revealed a shift in Taratoa's practice into the conceptual and abstract territory of Maori customary art forms. Taratoa has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand, and his works are included in both private and public collections, in New Zealand and overseas. He currently lives and works in Tauranga.