Rohe: Te Arawa/Waikato
Tribal Affiliations: Te Arawa
Balzer, is a practicing Māori artist and co-director of a contemporary Māori Arts company. Having completed a Masters in Māori Visual Arts at the prestigious indigenous arts programme at Te Pūtahi-ā-Toi, Massey University, Palmerston North (NZ), (graduating with honours) she continues her comittment to the development of the arts and delivers the Māori Visual Arts degree programme at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (Rotorua).
Inspired by the sulphuric landscape of her hometown (Rotorua, New Zealand), vivid contrasting colours, are boldly intertwined in Regan's work. Incorporating elements from Māori visual culture and epistomology, Regan develops visual narratives, in an attempt to share her rich cultural heritage while current issues are suggested that affect her and her people.
Regan supports the continuance of current successful initiatives in Contemporary Māori Arts locally, nationally and internationally as well as help artists and organisations with initiatives that progress Māori Visual Arts practices.