Rosanna Raymond was born in Auckland New Zealand of Samoan descent and currently lives and works in London with her family. A ‘Tusitala’ (a teller of tales) at heart her art practice takes a variety of forms ranging from installation works, spoken words and body adornment, fusing traditional pacific practices with modern innovations and techniques.
A published writer, with art works held in museum and private collections around the world, she has forged a role for herself over the past 15 years as a producer and commentator on contemporary PI culture, both in Aotearoa NZ, the UK and the USA working within museums and higher education institutions as an artist, performer, curator, guest speaker and workshop leader.
Rosanna has undertaken art residencies at the De Young Museum San Francisco, University of Hawaii Manoa and the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology UK, where she curated the internationally acclaimed Pasifika Styles exhibition with Dr Amiria Salmond.
An active member of the London-based Polynesian cultural groups Beats of Polynesia and Ngati Ranana, Rosanna has developed and researched a work in Vancouver for the reopening of the Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition Boundaries and Translations in 2010. She also created an interdisciplinary work Hand to Tusks for an exhibition in September 2009 at the October Gallery in London.