Each month we visit one of our local stockists for a little tour of their space a cuppa tea and a good old catch up. We’d love to share these moments with you. During our studio visits we hope capture some insights for you, to share our artist's stories and to show you little windows into their creative spaces…where all the magic happens.
Ernesto Ovalle is an accomplished Pounamu carver and contemporary fine artist. Ernesto trained for years under the guidance of master carver Tangi Wepu and is one of a hand full of people who are certified by Ngai Tahu Iwi to source, carve and sell Pounamu (Greenstone) from Te Wai Pounamu (South Island of New Zealand). Originally from Colombia, Ernesto Ovalle is a goldsmith and a sculptor with over 25 years of experience. He learned his craft from his family of jewellers and watchmakers prior to developing his skills at Bogota Fine Arts University and a descendant of the Muiscas tribe in Colombia. The connection between the land and culture is a theme that permeates his artwork. Each piece tells a story that links back to his indigenous roots and combines influences from Maori and Pacific Island culture. Visit Ernesto in studio and watch the video here.
We know you love to support local because you are investing into your community and neighbors. Through you we are growing small businesses, supporting livelihoods and endorsing the bravery of creative enterprise. Thank you.
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Please drop us a line if you are in tune with our philosophies and think Creative & Brave is the perfect space to sell your work and tell your story.
We have five retail stores in Auckland and have dreams to set up shops all throughout the country. We hope to grow in order represent more local creatives whilst delivering our unique retail experience to more shoppers.
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