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  Todd Couper

Todd Couper Todd attended Te Aute College in Hawkes Bay in 1987 and
quickly excelled in art. In 1995 he completed the Diploma
of Art, Craft and Design Maori at Waiariki Polytechnic in
Rotorua. He majored in wood carving / sculpture and
graduated with honors.

The successful exhibition "Reflections" in 1996 with Roi Toia
became the birth of a business venture Mauri Concepts. The
pair continue to operate out of their workshop on the
outskirts of Rotorua creating exclusive contemporary Maori
artworks for the local and international markets.

"Maori art today takes many forms, but although the imagery
has developed, the philosophies stay the same. With each
piece I intend to acknowledge my ancestors and the ancient
art of Whakairo by employing motifs and styles of old to
express myself, my thoughts and my integrity through fine
sculpture."

Todd continues to forge his own style and direction in
carving, with commissioned work residing in private
collections both in New Zealand and internationally.

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