Evan Woodruffe graduated from Elam, the University of Auckland with an MFA (1st Class Hons), and is the recipient of the 2011 Molly Morpeth Canaday Major Award and 2003 Becroft Premier Award. He is very active in the visual arts community, running Akepiro Artists’ Studios since 2007, and is current Chair of the Artists Alliance.
Evan has been published in Huffington Post and twice in Art New Zealand. Writer Lucinda Bennett calls his works Wet Maps, “living, breathing ecosystems, and visualizations of a new kind of urbanism”, and they suggest a fluid way of encountering the world.
With private and public gallery exhibitions nationally, Evan has recently taken his work to the wider Asia-Pacific region, with shows in Sydney, Melbourne, and Beijing. In September 2017, he is presenting a major new work at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.
“Working from Aotearoa New Zealand can be isolating. Being involved in initiatives like VOX365NZ helps to connect me with audiences overseas, and gives those audiences insights into the creative environment operating here. The discovery of common ideas and themes then helps drive collaborative and reciprocal projects.”