Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist,
Tyla Vaeau is a tatau practitioner, artist and researcher of Samoan (Salea’aumua and Safune) and Palagi descent, based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She has a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts and an MA in Art History from the University of Auckland, which focuses on Samoan tatau and its development within the Samoan diaspora. In 2009, Tyla began tattooing with machine with guidance from prolific tattoo artist Roger Ingerton of ‘Roger’s Tatoo Art’, Pōneke. She has gone on to participate in prominent cultural tattoo festivals locally and internationally, including the Traditional Tattoo and World Culture Festival, Mallorca, 2017 and Tatau I Mo’orea Festival, Tahiti, 2018.
Over the years Tyla has developed a strong knowledge and practice of Samoan and Pasifika tatau that is rooted in the customary practices of the past. She is an advocate who looks to contribute to the cultural continuum of tatau and is in the process of learning customary Samoan tatau under the teachings of renowned tufuga tatatau Su’a Sulu’ape Alaiva’a Petelo, Samoa.
Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti runs till September 25th.