Māori man

Large colourful portrait of a Maori

Maori Portrait Painting by Frank Wagtmans
Maori Portrait Painting by Frank Wagtmans



A bold large colourful portrait painting of a New Zealand native. This Maori portrait is painted in a wide range of colours, including orange, green, brown, purple, violet, red/brown, black and blue. The painting is made up of many layers of acrylic paint that have been carefully applied layer by layer. This enormous Maori painting has a size of 200x150x4cm. The sides are painted along so that a frame is no longer necessary. The painting has been varnished with a high-gloss varnish layer for protection. 

This Maori warrior is characterized by the enormous face tattoo or Tā moko. Tā moko is a permanent decoration of the body and face of the Maori, the original inhabitants of New Zealand. This decoration distinguishes itself from ordinary tattoos because the drawing is not made by means of many small points and stitches in the skin, but by means of scraping and scratching. The skin of the moko is therefore no longer smooth, but has grooves. This tradition was brought by the Maori from Hawaiki during their crossing to New Zealand and the methods and forms are therefore very similar to those in certain parts of Polynesia.

Maori Portrait Painting by Frank Wagtmans
Exclusive painting of a Maori completely hand painted by Frank Wagtmans.


The painting process

Short video: Making a painting by Frank Wagtmans