Born in Auckland in 1979, Dylan Lind is of Cook Island and European descent. He graduated from Elam with a BFA in 2001. Lind's puzzle-like work mixes the abstract techniques of the neo-expressionists with the patterns of the traditional Pacific quilts known as tivaevae. In his early work, Lind built scraps of mixed media, including wallpaper, cloth, linoleum and tarpaulin, into kaleidoscopic textured collages of everyday life that draw on the crafts of his cultural heritage. More recently, Lind has refined his work to enamel and acrylic, creating jewel-like geometries of woven colour thick with drips of paint.