Focusing on his research on master carver Raharuhi Rukupō, the carver of the wharenui, Professor Jahnke will discuss the symbolism associated with the Rukupō approach to carving and painting.
About Professor Robert (Bob) Jahnke
Considered one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary Māori artists, Professor Jahnke is a highly respected educator who works as a historian, teacher, researcher, writer, and advocate for Māori and indigenous arts nationally and internationally.
Of Sāmoan-German-Irish-Māori heritage, Professor Jahnke’s work is typically based on political issues that face Māori people, the relationship between Māori and European colonisers, and the impact of Christianity on Māori culture.
A Professor of Māori Visual Arts at Massey University’s Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Professor Robert Jahnke was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori art and education in the 2016 Honours list.