ABOUT 

Auckland based fine artist, Shawnee Tekii, uses art as a tool to create social engagement. Often tackling the political issues that surround her community. Her work takes the unseen and mundane and illuminates the stories that lie hidden in the urban landscape and reflects them back at the viewer in all their colourful glory. Shining a light on the beauty that is part of every human experience and environment.

 

The digital age plays a large role in underpinning her practice. Shawnee’s work encourages the use of social media and technology to either document or activate deeper conceptual content. Through the use of bold aesthetics and Instagram worthy graphics, she aims to communicate her political agenda directly to audiences of her generation. 

 

Shawnee Tekii was born in 1998 in Auckland, New Zealand. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2019, and currently works out of her studio based in Te Atatu Peninsula. Alongside her fine art career, Shawnee also works as a lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

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EXHIBITIONS

2020: Saltwater / Interconnectivity, Group show at Tautai

2020: PRELUDE : 2020, Group show at Gow Langsford Gallery

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2019: The Guerilla Collection: Royal Rumble competitor, Black Grace

 

2019: The Last Meninas, Group show at Pearce Gallery

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2018: Electric Night, Group show at 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

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2017: End of Year Exhibition, St Georges Bay Rd Studios

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2016: End of Year Exhibition, Balfour Rd Studios

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2015: Foundation Cert Exhibition, Balfour Rd Studios


2015: Vauxhall School Exhibition of Fine Art, Vauxhall Primary

PUBLICATIONS

2020: Saltwater / Interconnectivity, Tautai

 

2019: The Last Meninas, Pearce Gallery

2018: The Insider Zine, Tiger Murdoch 

EDUCATION

2022: Lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design

 

2016 - 2019: BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design

 

2015: Certificate in Arts and Design at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design

COMMISSIONS

2022: Cambridge Apartments, Series of five paintings

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2021: Jonathan Skilton, Painting

2021: Antony Miller, Painting

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2020: Grayson Goffe, Custom Painted Sneakers

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2019: New Zealand Souvenir, Illustration

2019: Lania Manu, Painting

2019: Benetton Ngarimu, Custom Painted Sneakers

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2018: Maori TV, Series of four paintings

2018: Antony Miller, Painting

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2017: Jules Lough, Mural

ACHIEVEMENTS 

2022: Selected as a Cohort Member for North Asia Pacific CAPE Creative Business Programme, Oyster Workshop

2019: Founder of The Paste up Project


2018: WWE Episodes, Featured on four Maori Tv Segments

 
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