Peata Larkin (b. Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand) graduated with a Master of Fine Art from RMIT, Melbourne in 2009, after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2004). Peata Larkin’s work operates in a space between binary constructions – Māori/Pākehā, past/present, art/science, matter/spirit – weaving cultures and spheres of knowledge together into new hybrid forms. In 2018, Larkin was the recipient of the Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award Residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland and awarded the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award in 2006.
In 2013, Larkin completed the large-scale commission, Piki Ake – Rise Up, for the ANZ Tower in Auckland’s central business district. Following the success of this project Larkin has received consistent public and private commissions including Westgate, Newmarket (2018), Park Hyatt, Wynyard Quarter (2019) and a new large-scale commission for the International Conference Centre, Auckland, due to open in late 2019. Recent exhibitions include, Tauhere, Auckland Arts Festival, Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland (2018), Auau_I Repeat, Pataka Art and Museum (2016), Ngā aho tāruarua, Corban Estate Arts Centre (2016). Her work is held in the collections of Memphis Museum of Fine Arts, USA, Rotorua Museum Arts Trust, Pataka Art + Museum, Waikato University and Massey University.