Darcy Nicholas created the highly successful Pataka Museum in the late 1990's. The museum has hosted a number of world class exhibitions since, and he led a number of successful exhibitions domestically and internationally. 

He was selected as a judge at the Zimbabwe Heritage Art Awards twice in the 1980's and won a Fulbright in 1984 to study Native American and African American Art in the United States. This allowed him to make a number of connections and life-long friendships.

He sold his first painting when he was 9 years old, and has since exhibited in public museums and sold into private collections all around the world.  

During his time at the Iwi Transition Agency, he was a key figure in repositioning the tribal structures so that Tribes around the country could begin the process of treaty land claim settlements.

He served with the New Zealand police from the age of 17 to 27, played and coached premiere club rugby, and has served in a number of senior executive roles since the 1980's.

He has been recognized with the Te Atairangikaahu supreme award in 2013 for his services to Maori Art, and also with the Queen's service order (QSO) in 2012, for his services to museums. He won the Absolutely Creative Wellington Award in 2005, and received the American Ambassador's citation award for his contributions to connecting New Zealand and America. He has led all his projects with passion and creativity, and empowered those around him by trusting them with responsibility. 

His artwork reflects not only his talent as an artist, but also his wide-ranging life experiences, his big-picture view of the world, and his deep concern for the environment. He has crossed paths with many people over the years, some of whom have helped him to transcend culture with their shared wisdom and knowledge on various subjects. 

'No other person can create my art because no other person has lived my life' - Darcy Nicholas