Jayme Anderson is descended from Te Aupouri tribe from Tekau. His Maori/Anderson whakapapa (lineage) begins with the marriage of Erina Kaka and Andrija Kleskovic in 1891. The Kleskovic name was changed by a Judge at the Maori land Claims Court who found Anrija’s last name too hard to pronounce.
Jayme completed a 3 year Diploma of Visual Art and Design after excelling in painting and sculpture in his final year at Napier Boys High School. During this time Jayme fell in love with the raw natural beauty that pounamu ( jade) represents.
Jayme is known for exceptionally high standards in his finished product taking care to hand sand every single piece to a premium finish. His reputation for pushing boundaries in Celtic design in this unforgiving material is second to none. Jayme has been a self-employed artist for over fifteen years.
His work resides in collections world-wide and his mere pieces are sought after both locally and internationally. Some other famous family creatives include the late Arnold Wilson and Para Matchett, two of the great Maori contemporary artists of the 19th century.