Ben Hughes is a half-Welsh, half-Māori artist currently living in Wellington. Because of this mix of DNA, it is possible to mistake him for an Arab man or even an elderly Chinese woman. Perhaps in an effort to assert his Māoriness, he has begun a comic book based on a Maui legend, which he hopes to complete before the end of 2015.
Video games acted like a gateway drug that led Ben to drawing and painting. He began absorbed with the fantasy genre, inspired by Tolkien and games like The Elder Scrolls ‘Morrowind’ and ‘Baldur’s Gate’. Fantasy sparked a love of ancient and medieval history and mythology, which then lead to an interest in historical European martial arts.
One of Ben’s main issues in life is balancing so many hobbies and interests while still devoting time to the gods of art. Ben feels very privileged to have such an issue.