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List of the most popular artists from New Zealand, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Kiwi artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Kiwi artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List is made up of many different artists, including Sydney Lough Thompson and Francis Upritchard.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from New Zealand?" and "Who are the most well-known Kiwi artists?"

For further information on these historic Kiwi artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Kiwi artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.

John Brian Brake OBE was a New Zealand photographer. ...more

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Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

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Friedensreich Hundertwasser is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist and architect. Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists by the end of the 20th century. ...more

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Artworks: Globulant, Autofahrer in der Nacht, Rain of Blood Dropping into Japanese Waters in an Austrian Garden, Montagne Kommunist mit Flügeln (Communist with Wings), + more

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austria, New Zealand

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John Feeney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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John Feeney was a New Zealand-born director of documentary films. He worked with the New Zealand National Film Unit, National Film Board of Canada and made films and did photography in Egypt. He was nominated for two Academy Awards. ...more

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Birthplace: Ngaruawahia, New Zealand

Nationality: Canada, New Zealand

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Peter McIntyre


Peter McIntyre OBE was a New Zealand painter and author. He was the son of Peter McIntyre, a lithographic artist from Scotland, and his wife, Isabella Edith Cubitt. McIntyre was born in Dunedin and attended Otago Boys' High School and the University of Otago. He attended the Slade School of Fine Art ...more

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Artworks: Sunday in Dunedin, The harbour, Salonika, Sig (Cyril) Hurne-Miller the artist’s batman, + more

Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

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Joanne Gair


Joanne "Kiwi Jo" or "Kiwi Joe" Gair is a New Zealand-born and raised make-up artist and body painter whose body paintings have been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 1999 to the most recent edition. She is considered the world's leading trompe-l'œil body painter and make-up ...more

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Artworks: Demi's Birthday Suit

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

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Gottfried Lindauer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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Gottfried Lindauer, was a Czech and later a New Zealand artist famous for his portraits including that of the Māori. ...more

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Artworks: Mr Paramena, Portrait of Tawhiao, Maori women and children on riverbank, Tamihana Te Hoia Paramount Chief of the Ngati Huia Tribe, + more

Birthplace: Pilsen, Czech Republic

Nationality: New Zealand

Art Forms: Painting

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Robin Morrison


Robin Morrison was a New Zealand documentary photographer, best known for his unpretentious portrayal of New Zealand countryside, everyday life and quirky architecture. His entire collection of negatives was bequeathed to the Auckland Museum, which honoured his work in the exhibition Robin Morrison, ...more

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Nationality: New Zealand

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George Johnson


George Johnson is an artist who made his name in Australia. ...more

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Birthplace: Nelson, New Zealand

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

Art Forms: Painting

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