New Zealand Mosaic Art

Rachel Silver

I am an artist, designer and educator in mosaic art specialising in community based public art projects.

Although born in Wellington, I trained in mosaic making under French architect Pierre Mesguich and worked for his company ‘Mosaik’, producing prestigious interiors for clients in London, Paris and Barcelona. We produced mosaics for the higher end interior design market including bathrooms, bars and the odd jacuzzi. I then set up a studio in London’s East End where site-specific commissions for commercial spaces, private residences and landscape architects became my focus. After completing studies in community arts and art therapies my practice then progressed into the public arena working in arts and education with participation from diverse communities including Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

My career has taken me to far corners of the world. I’m particularly inspired by my experiences in South America collaborating with artists and facilitating projects with marginalised groups. In Latin America culture mosaic is a prolific urban art form.

I like to blend  contemporary and traditional mosaic styles both of which integrate elements of warmth, spirit, vivid colour and fluidity.


Location:  Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Abel Smith Street, Wellington

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