Lisa Reihana (Ngāpuhi) was born in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand in 1964. She holds a Masters in Design from Unitec Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Fine Art, from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University. Reihana is at the forefront of lens based arts, and her work investigates Indigenous and feminist issues. Her solo exhibitions include Cinemania, Campbelltown Art Centre, Australia (2018); Lisa Reihana: Emissaries 57th La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2017); in Pursuit of Venus [infected] Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, NZ (2015); Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ (2008); Digital Marae, Govett- Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ (2007. Her work has featured in the Sharjah Biennale 14 Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, UAE (2019); Adelaide/International Samstag Museum, Australia (2019), Oceania Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France (2019) and Royal Academy, London, England (2018); APT 9QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia (2018); Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ (2018); 1st Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii (2017); Tai Whetuki – House of Death Redux in The Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, NZ (2016); Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada (2011); Global Feminisms Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA (2007).
To acknowledge her contribution to art and culture, Reihana was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018. She lives and works in Auckland and actively participates in the stewardship of cultural and teaching institutions.