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Weilun Ha is a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander. He holds a Master’s of Architecture degree from the University of Auckland. In his art practice, Ha explores the ideas of personal stories in symbolic objects; diversity in cultural motifs; and gestures of fragility in life philosophies. The works complex interaction with Chinese porcelain patterns weaves historical references and significant moments behind his objects. The paintings embrace the richness of different cultures and create an intensity that is covered with interpretation and stories.
Weilun is Head of Department for Arts at Little Forest Art Studio in Albany, and has held teaching positions across Otago Polytechnic, Corban Estate Arts Centre and Lake House Arts Centre.
His professional career as a visual artist was launched with an interactive solo exhibition at Depot Artspace in 2012, titled X-scape. Ha’s undeniable talent has been recognised with numerous national awards, including the Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award (2016), Franking Arts Award (2016), Wallace Arts People’s Choice Award (2015), Estuary Arts People Choice Award (2015), and the National Contemporary Art Awards People’s Choice Award (2019). Ha has exhibited across galleries including Te Uru, Macolm Smith Gallery, Sanderson, NorthArt, Pātaka Art + Museum, and in 2018-9 his works travelled to the Museum Art Fair in Poland and the Beijing Biennale. He has been commissioned for large-scale temporary murals in public and private spaces including the South British Insurance Company Building in Auckland’s CBD, Auckland Airport, White Night (Parnell), the Chinese Lantern Festival, and Commercial Bay.
Weilun is represented by Solander Gallery (Wellington) and shows with Artfull Online and Sanderson Contemporary (Auckland).