Rangi is an artist whose sculpture, carvings and ta moko are at the forefront of contemporary Maori art.
"I like to continuously push my own boundaries and challenge the status quo. Artistic expression, artistic practice should reflect the realities of life. This means that I use all manner of materials as mediums for my artistic expression from natural organic resources to composite space age compounds".
Rangi is motivated to continue customary Maori art traditions in a contemporary context. Trained as a carver at the Maraeroa Carving School in Wellington, he has also mastered the making of taonga puoro (Maori musical instruments), to whakairo (sculpture) and ta moko.
Rangi has a Bachelor of Social Science and a Masters Degree in Maori Visual Arts from Massey University. He has lectured on M?ori Contemporary Art and Design at the Wellington School of Design and at the Wananga in Whakatane.
In more recent years he has been assisting indigenous peoples thoughout the Pacific to revive and enlarge their traditions as a means to economic and cultural survival.