Shawnee uses art as a tool to create social engagement, Often tackling the political issues that surround the community. The digital age plays a large role in underpinning her practice. Shawnee’s work is often influenced by mainstream media and through the use of bold aesthetics and instagram worthy graphics, she aims to communicate her political agenda directly to audiences of her generation.
Her work encourages the use of mobile phones to either document or activate deeper conceptual content. She often draws inspiration from graphic design in advertising and branding - resulting in bold, attention seeking works.
Shawnee Tekii was born in 1998 in Auckland, New Zealand where she currently resides. She has recently obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. 2015-2019.
2020: PRELUDE : 2020, Group show at GOW LANGSFORD GALLERY
2019: The Guerilla Collection: Royal Rumble competitor, Black Grace
2019: The Last Meninas, Group show at Pearce Gallery
2018: Electric Night, K Road Arcade
2018: Open Arts Day, 50 Metre Mural Collaboration at Corban Estate Arts Centre
2018: End of Year Exhibition, St Georges Bay Rd Studios
2017: End of Year Exhibition, St Georges Bay Rd Studios
2016: End of Year Exhibition, Balfour Rd Studios
2015: Foundation Cert Exhibition, Balfour Rd Studios
2015: Vauxhall School Exhibition of Fine Art, Vauxhall Primary
2019: Founder of The Paste up Project
2018: WWE Episodes, Featured on four Maori Tv Segments
2018: The Insider Zine, Tiger Murdoch
2019: The Last Meninas, Pearce Gallery
2018: Internship at Maori Tv
2016 - Current: BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
2015: Certificate in Arts and Design at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design