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Darcy Nicholas was born and raised in Waitara, Taranaki. He is a painter, sculptor, writer, and arts administrator. From 1973 to 1980, he was a full-time painter. In 1984, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to observe contemporary Native American and African-American art in the United States of America. He was General Manager for Cultural Services for Porirua City Council and a driving force behind the creation of Pātaka Museum of Arts & Cultures (later Pātaka Art + Museum). In 2004, he was Creative Director of the exhibition Māori Art Meets America. He received the 2005 Absolutely Creatively Wellington Award. He was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order.

Ngāi Te Rangi; Ngāti Hauā; Ngāti Ruanui; Taranaki; Te Āti Awa;
Aotearoa New Zealand;
Date of birth
Place of birth
Waitara, Aotearoa,

The Fletcher Trust Collection is one of the largest curated private collections of Aotearoa art. The Trust makes works available online as well as via exhibitions initiated by public art institutions and by the Trust itself.

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