Weilun Ha is a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander. He holds a master’s of architecture degree from the University of Auckland.
He is currently teaching at Otago Polytechnic in the construction department. His art practice is based on his keen interest in eco-friendly issues and contemporary identity in Chinese ink paintings which is continually evolving and not easily reducible to definite categories. His art explores the ideas of personal stories in symbolic objects; diversity in cultural motifs; and gestures of fragility in life philosophies. The work’s complex interaction with Chinese porcelain patterns weaves historical references and significant moments behind his objects.
Ha is a winner in a number of New Zealand art awards, namely the Wallace Arts Vermont Award (2016), Franklin’s Art Award (2016 merit for landscape), the Wallace Arts People’s Choice Award (2015) and the Estuary Arts Award (2014). This year he is travelling to Vermont, USA to complete a 3-month residency to further develop ink porcelain painting.