Ross Hemera was born at Kurow in 1950. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Visual and Material Culture at Massey University.
His creative works draw inspiration from the landscape of Te Waipounamu (the South Island), and in particular, the ancient rock drawings found in limestone caves and outcrops, created by his tīpuna, the nomadic Waitaha people.
Hemera’s works have been exhibited overseas and his commissions include the Whakamarama sculpture at the entrance to the Māori section of Te Papa Tongarewa, and glass windows for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Waipounamu House in Christchurch.
Ross is primarily known for his mixed media sculptures.
Right: About 500 years ago the Waitaha people created drawings on rock walls in the South Island and it is from these images that Ross Hemara draws inspiration.