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Famous Artists from New Zealand

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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    Apirana Taylor is a New Zealand poet, novelist, performer, story-teller, musician and painter. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Bill Sutton

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    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 on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Jim O'fee's Paddock, Land Synthesis, Prophesy, Abstract Composition, Portrait Of A Boy + 5 more
    • Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    John Brian Brake OBE was a New Zealand photographer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Francis Upritchard

    Francis Upritchard is a New Zealand born artist living in London. Upritchard and Judy Millar, represented New Zealand at the 2009 Venice Biennale. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: New Plymouth, 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 on Wikipedia
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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) + 5 more
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria, New Zealand
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    George Baloghy

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    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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 8 more
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Associated periods or movements: Realism, Realism
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    George Johnson

    George Johnson is an artist who made his name in Australia. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Nelson, New Zealand
    • Nationality: Australia, 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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 9 more
    • Birthplace: Pilsen, Czech Republic
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Jason Conlan

    Jason Conlan is a New Zealand cartoonist, best known under the pseudonym Mister J, who is the creator of Pro Wrestling Illustrated's monthly cartoon strip "On the Mat". He has also contributed to the similar Australian wrestling publication Piledriver and long-running newsletter Wrestling Then and Now ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Jason Macy

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    • Birthplace: Auckland, 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Demi's Birthday Suit
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Associated periods or movements: Trompe-l'œil
    • Nationality: 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Ngaruawahia, New Zealand
    • Nationality: Canada, New Zealand
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    John Z. Robinson

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    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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Foxton, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    Kathleen O'Connor

    Kathleen Laetitia "Kate" O'Connor was an impressionist painter with a career in Western Australia and France. She was a daughter of the celebrated engineer C. Y. O'Connor. Kathleen was born in Hokitika, New Zealand the daughter of Charles Yelverton O'Connor and his wife Susan Laetitia O'Connor. She was ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Hokitika, New Zealand
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: The Lovers
    • Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand
    • Nationality: United States of America, New Zealand
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    Louise Henderson

    Dame Louise Etiennette Sidonie Henderson DBE was a noted New Zealand artist and painter. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand
    • Nationality: New Zealand
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