Sheyne received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT in 1995 and his Masters of Fine Arts (honours) in 2000 from The University of Auckland. Since graduating, Sheyne has received a number of awards, residencies and commissions. His works are held in many public collections in Christchurch, Auckland, Washington DC, Michigan and Bethlehem. Sheyne also notably founded and directed LeSa Gallery in Petone from 2007 and 2012, an important dealer gallery for Pacific artists. Based in Wellington, Sheyne is a multi-media visual artist whose primary mediums are painting, animation and printmaking.

Perhaps best known for the dynamic style of his prints and woodcuts, Sheyne describes himself as a paper architect who uses his work to create and represent his own cultural context and sense of belonging. His prints and paintings often envisage Polynesia as a futuristic urban utopia. In these re-imaginings, the Samoan fale acts as the symbolic archetype for skyscrapers and apartment housing while the vaka stands in for rocket ships. These works reflect Sheyne’s research into his Samoan heritage and symbolism, his travel wanderlust and his taste for big overseas cities. They also reveal ongoing influences, such as the world of fantasy, comics, and cartoons, which add a sense of immediacy and humour to his subject matter.

While a substantial amount of his own energy has gone into researching and conceiving the contemporary significance of the fale and the vaka, Sheyne now adds ornithology (birdlife) to his inquiry and visual lexicon. Sheyne became aware of Manukau’s bird population and local bird lore while living there in 2005. The following year, Sheyne was awarded an artist residency at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, Christchurch, where he spent time looking at the ancient birds of New Zealand and Samoa.

The works in his 2006 solo exhibition Misplaced Effigies featured giant palaeo-penguins and the mythical moa roaming alongside classic car models.  In addition to his fascination with New Zealand’s geological history as a natural sanctuary for a vast array of bird species, Sheyne also draws on his own associations to Samoa. Looking for manumea is a series of woodblock relief prints that focussed on manumea, a large tooth-billed pigeon found only in Samoa.

Sheyne’s recent subject matter explores popular science for a spiritual narrative. In 2019 Sheyne was artist in residence at the Carter Observatory where he a made a body of work responding to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing , highlighting how science and engineering had brought the world together (for a brief moment) when at a time it was falling apart though war and corruption.

Through his research into astronomy, he had an epiphany about our place in the Cosmos. It made him more aware of the fragility of the earths atmosphere and the need to educate children more earlier about science.

Sheyne’s solo exhibitions include Ghost in the Machine, City Gallery Wellington, 2013; USO and the Dragon Slayer, Solander Gallery, Wellington, 2013; The Ancient Mariners, Papakura Art Gallery, Papakura, Auckland, 2011. Select group exhibitions include Freak of nature, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Victoria, 2011; Out of the Box, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, New South Wales, 2011; Pasifika Styles, Camdridge University Museum, U.K, 2006; and Re-Interpreting the Middle East, and exhibition that toured Palestine, Jordan, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Boise State and Michigan, 2005-2006.

(intro gathered from tautai website)

Academic History

2000         M.F.A (hons) Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland,
1995         B.V.A Auckland University of Technology, Auckland,  

Solo Exhibition History

2022         ZooPlankton Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland
2019         Lunar Module, Carter Observatory, Wellington
2014         Siapo Satellite, Massey University, Wellington
2013         Ghost in the Machine, Deane Gallery, Wellington City Gallery
                 USO and the Dragon Slayer, Solander Gallery, Wellington 

2011         The Ancent Mariners, Papkura Art Gallery, Papakura, Auckland
2010         The Garden of Earthly Delights, Waiheke Art gallery, Auckland.
2008         Sonar Interferance, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch
2006         Misplaced Effigies, Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport
                 Marziart Internationale Galerie. Hamburg, Germany
                 Penguins and Buicks, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch
2005         The Gondwana Waka, Lane Gallery,Auckland
2005         The Gondwana Waka, Catchment Gallery, Nelson,
2003         Sifi Taavale Fale, Lane Gallery, Auckland,
2002         Salamander Gallery, Christchurch,
2001         Car Paopao. The Lane Gallery, Auckland,
2000         Expressway to Taou, St Agathas Gallery, Mt Eden
1999         Solo99, Camera Lucida Gallery, Oaxaca, Mexico
                 Porto-Indo, The Ilsington Gallery, London, United Kingdom
1998         Atlantic/Pacific, The Ericeira Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
1997         Monument to Motion, Archill Gallery, Auckland,
1996         Cacophony, The Lane Gallery, Auckland,

Selected Group Exhibitions


2022        Trouble in Paradise:, National Library, Wgton    
2022        T.O.P II, Arthaus Contemporary, Auckland                    
2022        T.O.P III, Thompson Rivers University Gallery,                                                                                                              Kamloops, Canada.
2020        Whenua Ūkaipō Connectedness Exhibition, Wellington

2016        Ink masters Exhibition , Cairns, Australia
2015        Line Out, Northern Print Studio, Newcastle, U.K
                Wansolwara, Franklin Arts Centre, Pukekoe
2014        BINDING & LOOPING :  University of Hawai'i, Manoa
2011        Freak of nature, Monash University,  Victoria                         
                Out of the Box, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, N.S.W
2009        Another New Zealand, Another U.S,A COCA, Christchurch
2006        Pasifika Styles, Camdridge University Museum, U.K
                Re-Interpreting the Middle East , Khalil Sakikini Center, Ramallah,       
                Re-Interpreting the Middle East , University of Indianapolis
                Re-Interpreting the Middle East ,Bethlehem, Palestine
                Mainly Contemporary, Williams Gallery, Wellington
                The Paltel Virtual Gallery at Birzeit University, Palestine
2005        Homelands, Cybertribe online Exhibition, Newcastle, Australia
                Lima-Pacific Arts, (5th Pacific Festival of CHCH), Christchurch
                Face Value: Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia
                Face Value, Museum of Brisbane, Australia
                Re-Interpreting the Middle East, SGC Conference, Washington 
                Re-Interpreting the Middle East, Orfali Art Gallery, Jordan
                Re-Interpreting - Sisson Gallery, Dearborn, Michigan
                Re-interpreting - Gallery 2, Boise State University,
2004        Printmakers, Catchment Gallery, Nelson,
                Wallace Award Finalist Exhibition, Wallace gallery, Auckland
                Sumei National Print Exhibit, Newark, N.J, U.S.A
2003        Sydney Art on Paper Fair 2003, Sydney, Australia
                20/20, City Art Gallery, Christchurch,
2002        Start Up, Te Papa Museum, Wellington,
                Pacifika Ways of Knowing Conference, Columbia University, New York
1999        Brothers, Gallery 482, Brisbane, Australia
1996        Bottled Ocean, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland
Achievements, Residencies and Awards

2022.        Relief Online Exhibition, Megalo Print Studio Canberra 
2020.        Print Edition for the Print Council of Australia

2020         Finalist -Hida Takayama International Contemporary Woodblock-                                                                          Prints Triennale, Japan

2019         Residence Carter Observatory, Space Place, Wellington                     

2016         Finalist, Ink masters Print Contest -Cairns, Australia
2015         Finalist New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton
                 Finalist for The Parkin Drawing Prize , Wellington
2014         City Council Commission, “ Barracks Mural”, Mt Cook ,

                 CoCo Pacifika Arist in Residence 2014  Massey University, 

2013         Grey Lynn Community Centre Commission, Mural , Auckland
                 Finalist New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton

2007 -11  Gallery Director, LeSA Gallery, Wellington

2006        Macmillan Brown Centre, Artist in Residence, Canterbury University
                Artist in residence   Samuel Masden College        
                Artist in residence   Howick College, Auckland     
                Artist in residence   Dilworth College, Auckland   
2005        Creative New Zealand Grant- Workshop in San Francisco, USA
                Artbeatz Activate Award, Auckland
2004        Finalist –James Wallace Awards, Auckland
                Finalist - Sumei National Print Awards, Newark, N.J, USA
2003        Wesley Community Centre Commission, Auckland
2002        Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award
2001        Resident Artist for Pacific Pathways, Auckland Museum



Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC
Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan
The International Center of Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Manunkau City Council, Auckland
Macmillan Brown collection, Christchurch
Wallace Arts Trust Collection, Auckland
Lincoln University Library , Canterbury 
Wellington City Council, Wellington
NZ Diplomatic Residence.Rarotonga
NZ Diplomatic Residence, Apia Samoa
NZ Diplomatic Residence, Addis ababa Ethopia
NZ Diplomatic Residence, Bangkok,Thailand
NZ Diplomatic Residence ,Brasilla, Brasil
NZ Diplomatic Residence. Guangzhou, China
NZ Diplomatic Residence. Honolulu, USA
NZ Diplomatic Residence., Jakarta, Indonesia
NZ Diplomatic Residence
.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
NZ Diplomatic Residence.,Moscow, Russia
NZ Diplomatic Residence New Delhi, India
NZ Diplomatic Residence Port Vila, Vanuatu


Pasifika Styles: Artists Inside the Museum -Raymond, Rosanna and Salmond, Amiria, 2008

The Frangipani is Dead: Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand-  Dr Karen Stevenson, 2008

Taeao tou i mea sina : the first Pacific Festival Contemporary Arts Exhibition,  1996


Articles/ Links

Stuff Article /Dominion Post 2022

Stuff Article/ Dominion post  2022

Wairarapa Times 2020

Australian Print Council 2020

Wellington City Council 2020

Enviroschools 2017

Dominion post 2013

Wellington City Gallery 2013

Eastern Courier  2009

Art Monthly Australia 2008

New Zealand Herald   2006

New Zealand Herald   2002

New Zealand Herald   2002