Kia ora, my name is Samuel Mangakahia. I'm Maori and I was born and raised in Queensland Australia.
I grew up in a home where making a mess, having fun and learning from each other was encouraged. I owe all I have been able to achieve to my wonderful parents. I'm a graphic designer by trade, however, I spend most of my time in fine arts.
My journey began back in 2011 carving colourful Mahalo ukuleles now I enjoy using a variety of mediums that help me to share my culture and meaningful stories.
Although ukuleles will always have a special place for me, in the last two years, I have branched out into various mediums and methods. I have also had the opportunity to spend time with mentors such as, Rangi Kipa and jeff Merrill, who have helped me develop my skills as a practitioner.
I hope to continue to stretch my abilities to create work that inspires and uplifts.
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
Vincent Van Gogh
55- 220 Kulanui st, Laie.
808 308 6421