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Famous Artists from New Zealand

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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.



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    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 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
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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: DVD Region 4, Oceania, 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 in ...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 artist, ...more

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    • Artworks: Demi's Birthday Suit
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Gottfried Lindauer
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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: Plzeň Region, Europe, Pilsen, Czech Republic, Central Europe, + more
    • 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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    George Baloghy

    George Baloghy is a prominent New Zealand artist. He is a painter, preferring to paint with oil on canvas. He was born in 1950 in Budapest, Hungary and emigrated to New Zealand in 1956 as a refugee. He was educated at St Peter's College, Auckland and at the University of Auckland from which he graduated ...more

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    • Artworks: Cucksey’s Corner 1873-2011, View of Mt Eden from Symonds St 1904, Visible Support, Parnell Rise 1927-2011, View of Hobson Bay from Mt Hobson circa 1912, + more
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Nationality: New Zealand
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Shane Cotton

    Shane Cotton
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    Shane Cotton, ONZM is a major New Zealand painter. Born in Lower Hutt with Ngapuhi iwi affiliations, he studied at the Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, graduating in 1988. He then lectured at Massey University in Palmerston North. Following this he was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins ...more

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    • Artworks: Going To and Fro in the Earth, Walking Up and Down in it, Smoking Gun, Goddess, The Hanging Sky, + more
    • Birthplace: New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Apirana Taylor is a New Zealand poet, novelist, performer, story-teller, musician and painter.more

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    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Bill Sutton

    William Alexander "Bill" Sutton was a portraitist and landscape artist born and based in Christchurch, New Zealand. A graduate of the Canterbury College School of Art he returned there to teach for more than 30 years. He was tutored by many well-known Canterbury artists, including Colin Lovell-Smith and ...more

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    • Artworks: Jim O'fee's Paddock, Land Synthesis, Prophesy, Abstract Composition, Portrait Of A Boy, + more
    • Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Lindsay Daen

    Lindsay Daen
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    Lindsay Daen, was a New Zealand sculptor and artist who worked and resided in Puerto Rico. Daen created landmark sculptures in Puerto Rico, Australia and the United States. He was a member of the Royal Art Society in Sydney, whose art work was exhibited worldwide.more

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    • Artworks: The Lovers
    • Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand
    • Nationality: United States of America, New Zealand
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    James Crowe Richmond

    James Crowe Richmond was a New Zealand politician, engineer, and an early painter in watercolours of the New Zealand landscape.more

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    • Birthplace: London, England
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Dorothy Kate Richmond

    Dorothy Kate Richmond was a New Zealand painter noted for her watercolor paintings of natural plants and animals and panoramic landscapes.more

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    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Sydney Lough Thompson
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    Sydney Lough Thompson was a New Zealand artist.more

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    • Birthplace: New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Peter Brown

    Charles Fredrick Peter Brown was a New Zealand born artist of the school of traditional realism. Brown served in the RAF throughout World War II and the drawing and sketching he did while a German prisoner of war from 1943 helped him decide to pursue art seriously as a career. After escaping from the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Geoff Moon
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    Geoff Moon, OBE MRCVS ARPS Hon FPSNZ MACVs., was a New Zealand naturalist an ornithologist, conservationist, veterinary surgeon and photographer. He is the author and photographer of many books on New Zealand birds and landscape. Moon was the Patron of the Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust, was patron of the ...more

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    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    John Z. Robinson

    John Z. Robinson is a New Zealand artist and jeweller. He has lived in Dunedin, New Zealand since 1978. Robinson completed a manufacturing jewellery apprenticeship with Max Wilson in Palmerston North in 1973. From 1978 to 1980, he attended Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Dunedin where he was tutored ...more

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    • Birthplace: Foxton, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Louise Henderson

    Dame Louise Etiennette Sidonie Henderson DBE was a noted New Zealand artist and painter.more

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    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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