“Making art is intrinsic to me and I have to do it”.
Anna-Maria Bribiesca is a multidiscipline artist, who has been practising - it seems - all of her life. She sold her first drawing when she was eight years old. Her parents (Lois Marie Ashton Bribiesca and José Maria Bribiesca) were artists and members of the first Arts and Crafts Market (The Browns Mill) in the 1960s, in T?makimakaurau. This had a massive influence on Anna-Maria from a very young age. She has expressed this in a Masters of Education (Honours) via the University of Auckland, Conversaciones con mi sangre – Conversations with my blood: How intergenerational knowledge shapes conceptions of art practice and teaching.
Photography has been Anna-Maria’s forte for the last 40 years, though she works in other mediums: textile, painting, sculpture, mixed media, jewellery and moving image.
As well as practising art Anna-Maria teaches students the disciplines of art, at Manurewa High School, the largest decile 1, multicultural school in T?makimakaurau, Aoteaora.
Anna-Maria’s reflects on the many cultures within the school, encouraging her to conscientiously write courses and programmes that are culturally and sociologically inclined and not of the dominant western lens of education (systems). As a result, Anna-Maria was invited to speak on her MEd (Hons) at the WIPCE Conference in 2017. Here she spoke about the critical need for a holistic and culturally inclined education system for indigenous students.
Anna-Maria has studied extensively over the last 30 years, at the University of Auckland (GradDipTchg (Sec), PGDipEd, Med (Hons), Carrington Institute of Technology (Professional Photography Certificate) and Manukau Institute of Technology (BVA).
Over the decades of studying, producing the ultimate creations (children), and teaching, she has always managed to create art. Travelling several times to Mexico, many times to the USA and once to Cuba (before Trump came into power) has been pivotal in influencing her indigenous creativity.
Anna-Maria exhibits solo and in group shows annually in the Auckland Festival of Photography and the Franklin Art Award and the Pollok Art Gallery exhibition. She also supplies Pollok Art Gallery, Art Industry Gallery, and Arohart Gallery with her various art forms. Anna-Maria exhibits at and curates the annual Manurewa High School Art Exhibition.
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