Awanui is a diverse multi-disciplinary artist. From painting realism and surrealism through to carving wood, bone, pounamu or vast murals, Awanui is at home in any artistic environment.
“What I learnt from my father Rei was not only the discipline of fine arts but to have compassion for all lifeforms and our interconnection with the universe.”
Father – Rei Paul Francis Hamon.
Mother – Maia Pohoiwi.
Second eldest child Joseph, Awanui, Phyllis and Tina.
Tribal Affiliation: Ngati Porou.
Lived along the Thames Coast on the Coromandel Peninsula NZ. Completed Commercial Art Course through correspondence with the Australian Art Training Institute Melbourne.
Awanui has four beautiful children – Huia, Francis, Azalia and Jason.