Environmental and cultural sustainability are key undercurrents in Matt Moriarty’s work. Matt was born on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the small coastal town of Greymouth. He studied design at the Victoria University & Massey University in Wellington, completing his bachelors degree in 1999, and has since worked in the creative sector in New Zealand and Australia as a Graphic Designer. He currently lives and works from his home studio in Kaikoura, mentoring Art and Design at The Learning Connexion School of Art and Creativity in Wellington from his remote location, alongside continuing his Art and Graphic Design practice. Earlier works of Moriarty's examine New Zealand iconography from the viewpoint of a concern for their multi-cultural desaturation, commercialisation and pop appropriation. More recently, since his return to his roots in New Zealand’s South Island, Moriarty’s focus has shifted more towards his appreciation and concern for the natural environment which is so prevalent in New Zealand’s mainland.