Vicente Ovalle

Vicente is a recent immigrant to Aotearoa from Colombia.

Describing his pounamu jewellery, Vicente says, I have walked the Arahura River in Hokitika in the South Island and I experienced the power of nature and the magnificent scenery with my friend Tangi (Ngāi Tahu). Amazingly, these stones found my friend. As I walked behind him, I started collecting the beautiful stones from the river. Every time I carve these stones, the more powerful my love for this land becomes.