Bino Smith

Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Kahungunu


Bino is a self-taught artist who was brought up surrounded by carvings, paintings, singing and sports on his Marae in Hongoeka Bay, Porirua, Wellington. He is of Maori and Croatian descent, with Tainui being his main waka.

Bino has always been involved in art and his Kaumatua and Kuia (Maori elders) always expected him to work in the art world one day. Currently studying Te Reo Maori (Maori Langauge), Bino carves in between study.

Bino is inspired by his culture, Maori language, nga Atua (Maori Gods), Papatuanuku (Mother Earth), te moana (the sea) and nature. Brought up near the sea and bush, Bino was taught to gather kai moana (sea food), camp in the bush and to surf. His respect for Tangaroa (God of the sea) is reflected in aspects of his art and life.

In the late 90s Bino was involved in “The Lord of the Rings” project where he witnessed and learnt various artistic techniques from all aspects of the film world. This experience was life changing for Bino and continued for more then 10 years as he gained artistic and personal growth, life long friends and the opportunity to meet the most amazing artist in the world, 90% of them being New Zealanders.

“To be surrounded by so many amazingly talented and diverse people, was and still is very inspiring.”

Bino works in various mediums such as bone, stone and surfboards (polyurethane), using methods specific to each. With focus on the shape (ahua), symmetry (auaha), detail (mokamoka) and balance (toenga) within all his works, Bino believes these are the most important components to his visions and thoughts.