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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.

Brian Brake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
John Brian Brake OBE was a New Zealand photographer.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Globulant, Autofahrer in der Nacht, Rain of Blood Dropping into Japanese Waters in an Austrian Garden 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 ...more

John Feeney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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 ...more

Peter McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Peter McIntyre Sunday in Dunedin, The harbour, Salonika 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 ...more

Joanne Gair is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Joanne Gair Demi's Birthday Suit 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 ...more

Gottfried Lindauer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Mr Paramena, Portrait of Tawhiao, Maori women and children on riverbank Gottfried Lindauer, was a Czech and later a New Zealand artist famous for his portraits including that of the Māori.

Robin Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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 ...more

George Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
George Johnson George Johnson is an artist who made his name in Australia.

George Baloghy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
George Baloghy Cucksey’s Corner 1873-2011, View of Mt Eden from Symonds St 1904, Visible Support 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 ...more

Shane Cotton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Shane Cotton Going To and Fro in the Earth, Walking Up and Down in it, Smoking Gun 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 ...more

Apirana Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Apirana Taylor is a New Zealand poet, novelist, performer, story-teller, musician and painter.

Bill Sutton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Bill Sutton Jim O'fee's Paddock, Land Synthesis, Prophesy 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 ...more

Lindsay Daen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Lindsay Daen The Lovers 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 ...more

James Crowe Richmond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
James Crowe Richmond James Crowe Richmond was a New Zealand politician, engineer, and an early painter in watercolours of the New Zealand landscape.

Dorothy Kate Richmond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Dorothy Kate Richmond Dorothy Kate Richmond was a New Zealand painter noted for her watercolor paintings of natural plants and animals and panoramic landscapes.

Sydney Lough Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Sydney Lough Thompson was a New Zealand artist.

Peter Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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 ...more

Geoff Moon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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 ...more

John Z. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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 ...more

Louise Henderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Louise Henderson Dame Louise Etiennette Sidonie Henderson DBE was a noted New Zealand artist and painter.

Francis Upritchard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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.

Jason Macy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Jason Macy

Jason Conlan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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 ...more

W. M. Hodgkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
W. M. Hodgkins William Mathew Hodgkins was a 19th-century New Zealand painter. According to his daughter Frances Hodgkins the 'father of art in New Zealand', he was certainly the chief advocate of art in ...more

Kathleen O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
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 ...more