Reuben Paterson b.1973, Ngati Rangitihi and Ngai Tuhoe, lives and works in Auckland. He received a postgraduate Degree in Fine Arts from The University of Auckland in 1997 and became the youngest recipient of the New Zealand’s prestigious Moet et Chandon Award to Avize, France. Drawing from both his Maori and Scottish ancestry Paterson combines traditional pattern and design with non-traditional media, reinvigorating and extending Maori expression. More recently Paterson has become known for his creations in glitter and diamond dust which he commissions in colours intended to elicit curiosity and joy. He incorporates the glitter into formal painting properties of sharp line and ornate detail. His newer works include animals and bird life and he has extended his practice to include sculpture; similarly created in his signature glitter style. In 2005 Paterson was the winner of the Wallace Art Awards, Development Prize. He is represented by the Gow Langsford Gallery  Auckland New Zealand.