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About the Artist

Ko Bino Smith taku ingoa. My name is Bino Smith. I am a self-taught multi medium artist from Aotearoa, New Zealand. I am of Maori/Croatian descent and was brought up on my marae in Hongoeka Bay, Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand. My tribal connections are Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Kahungunu, Tainui, Tokomaru and Takitimu being my canoes.

Many of my inspirations come from my strong Maori heritage, the values our culture upholds, and the Maori way of seeing the world (holistically). As with all indigenous cultures, Maori still retain a close connection to Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) and our many gods.

I feel truly humbled to have been involved on such epic New Zealand made movies such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘King Kong’ as a set finisher and learnt so many other techniques in carving and painting – adding to my different mediums and materials: Carving polyurethane surfboards, Oamaru limestone, wood, bone and jade. I also spray paint, hand paint and airbrush. I have a few different approaches to each medium but the one thing they all have in common is the;


  • Shape (Ahua)
  • Symmetry (Auaha)
  • Detail (Mokamoka) and
  • Valance (toenga).

It is visualising what to create inside a set shape and its limited space – whether a surfboard, a block of stone, a piece of bone or wood or Pounamu (jade).

No reira, tena rawa koutou katoa.