Born in 1970, lives and works in Piha, New Zealand.
Having lived in diverse environments from New York to Tibet, full time artist Sefton Rani's paintings reflect the stimulus of wabi sabi - the acceptance of transience and imperfection. His influences include the graffiti strewn streets of the Bronx, antique Thangka paintings of Buddhist monasteries and his experience working in an industrial paint factory. These inspirations integrate with his Pacific heritage to create "urban tapa": process based, large-scale, thick multi layered impasto canvases. These works utilise text, repeated motifs and diverse materials such as paint skins, varied acrylic paint media, found objects, combustion and the natural pigments that surround him.
Sefton's painting "The wheel is come full circle I am here" was seen in the Metro magazine November 2015 edition in the article "The new guard", which investigated the new breed of art collectors and connoisseurs.
His next exhibition "Industrial Haiku" will be held at the Arthaus gallery, 228 Orakei Road, Orakei Bay Village in Auckland from the 10th to 28th July 2019. Open hours are Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 3pm. The exhibition opening is on Saturday 13th from 3-5pm. Sefton will be onsite at the gallery during the whole exhibition.