Dr. Alex Henare is a celebrated figure in the New Zealand art scene, known for his extensive contributions to the world of contemporary Māori art and his passionate advocacy for indigenous artists globally. With a career spanning over three decades, Henare has curated numerous groundbreaking exhibitions that have challenged and reshaped perceptions of indigenous art on the international stage. Holding a PhD in Indigenous Art Studies from the University of Auckland, his research and publications have become essential readings for scholars and enthusiasts alike, exploring the intersections of art, identity, and political expression within the Pacific and beyond.
Beyond his academic and curatorial pursuits, Henare is a mentor and visionary, recognized for his commitment to fostering emerging talent and creating platforms for underrepresented voices in the art community. As the main judge for the Stuff Art Aotearoa Gold Award 2024, his expertise and discerning eye were instrumental in identifying works that push boundaries and provoke meaningful dialogue. Henare's influence extends beyond the award, as he continues to lead initiatives aimed at enhancing the visibility and appreciation of indigenous and contemporary artists across New Zealand, making him a pivotal figure in shaping the future of Aotearoa's art landscape.