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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

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

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

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 London and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He worked as free-lance commercial artist in Britain, and married Lillian Welbourn. In 1939 he enlisted in the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, in England, trained with the New Zealand Anti-Tank Battery at Aldershot, and served as an anti-tank gunner with the 2NZEF in Egypt, from April 1940. He was appointed the official New Zealand war ...more

Artworks: Sunday in Dunedin, The harbour^! Salonika, Sig (Cyril) Hurne-Miller^! the artist’s batman, Lake Wanaka from Glendhu Bay, Hallet Bay^! Antarctica, + more

Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand