Artist Profile: Cliff Whiting

Te Whanau-a-Apanui

Cliff Whiting was born in 1936 and is a Maori woodcarver, painter and teacher. He is a member of the Whanau-a-Apanui tribe and grew up in the rural community of Te Kaha in New Zealand.

Cliff has strong Maori beliefs and works closely with many Maori communities. His belief in the significance and importance of the marae (Maori meeting houses) in everyday life has led him to help restore historic carved meeting houses as well as other marae building. He believes that the marae contributes to maintaining and revitalising Maori arts and culture.

Lately, Cliff has been focusing on a series of lino carvings which which explore his own experience diving/gathering seafood and some larger panels illustrating incidents in Hatupatu’s story.