“Being an artist gives me a voice. I’m not a confident speaker, the voice within my paintings is louder than my own voice”.
Since graduating from North Tec in 2019 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Isaiah Rameka has maintained a rigorous studio practice and regularly exhibited in group shows in Whangarei. He is also half way through a post grad Diploma in Maori Visual Arts with Massey University, which he hopes will lead into the Masters Programme. Born in Whangarei in 1998, it wasn’t until Rameka was a student at Tikipunga High School that he got serious about drawing. “My teachers really encouraged me to draw and see that I had a talent for the medium”. While in his final year at high school, he enrolled in the Art Academy Programme at Whangarei’s North Tec, where in his second year of study he discovered painting. It took a while to find his confidence with this new medium and only painted in variations of black and white to begin with. “Colour really scared me! I didn’t know how to mix colours together and had no idea how to translate what I saw in nature or in a photo into a painting”. Eventually with the help of his tutors and his passion for painting, he gained the confidence to mix colours and discovered “all the beautiful colours”. He was hooked. “When I did my end of year exhibition in the Art Academy that was the turning point when I knew I wanted to be a professional artist”. Rameka resides in Tai Tokerau with his family.