New Zealand born street artist HAHA is the Split Enz of Australian Street Art - the best known street artist in Australia. Based in the heart of street art Melbourne HAHA was born & raised in Hamilton. He has been commissioned by the Australian Government to paint his signature Ned Kelly stencils. HAHA aka Regan Tamanui, is a World famous stencil artist.
Occasionally HAHA sneaks in to Wellington in his non assuming manner for a residency of a month at the secret th'ink art studio... eating EKIM burgers & fresh fish before travelling the world to paint.
The work of Haha explores the power of mass media within Australian popular culture. The reality TV phenomena, the religion of sport, criminal lifestyles, get rich quick & instant fame becomes the obsessions, the new virtues of the 21st century.
By using multi-layered stencils of up to 40 layers Haha’s work is a reflection of popular culture. He gets his images direct from the newspaper or from photographing the subject to tell a story of the here & now. Without the aid of a computer, his cutting technique produces lifelike imagery
Haha is a self taught artist who started off by spray painting stencils on the street & has since then graduated to the gallery.
He has been exhibiting for over 8 years he has held 10 solo shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart & Sydney. He is represented by 3 commercial galleries across Australia. His work can be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, BHP Billiton, State Library of Victoria, City of Melbourne, Artbank & private collections across Australia, NZ, UK & USA.