Monica Paterson

Monica has a strong interest in figure and portraiture painting / drawing, her work is an exploration of her desire for and connection to her Samoan genealogy. She is inspired by Rita Angus, Robyn Kahukiwa and Friday Kahlo, Monica’s paintings draw upon the spirit and energy of the human female form as she centralizes figures in an almost adornment like perspective and uses a vibrant and rich palette of colours. She has studied fabric design, fine art and graphic design at Unitec and in the past and over the last 7 years has become captivated by oil painting.


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