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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.
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 Hundertwas... 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 may refer to: John Feeney (filmmaker) (1922–2006), New Zealand director of documentary films John Feeney (newspaper proprietor) (1839–1905), newspaper proprietor and philanthropist ...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 (4 July 1910 – 11 September 1995) was a New Zealand painter and author.
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 (born c. 1958) is a New Zealand-born and raised make-up artist and body painter whose body paintings have been featured in the Sports ...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 (5 January 1839 – 13 June 1926) was a Bohemian and New Zealand artist famous for his portraits, including many of Māori people.
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 (born 18 August 1926) 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 (born 20 April 1950) 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 ...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 William Cotton (born 3 October 1964) is a New Zealand painter whose work explores biculturalism, colonialism, cultural identity, Maori spirituality, and life and death.
Apirana Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Apirana Taylor (born 15 March 1955) 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 (1 March 1917 – 23 January 2000) was a portraitist and landscape artist born and based in Christchurch, New Zealand. A graduate of the Canterbury ...more
Lindsay Daen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Lindsay Daen The Lovers
Lindsay Daen (1923–2001), 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 ...more
James Crowe Richmond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
James Crowe Richmond
James Crowe Richmond (22 September 1822 – 19 January 1898) 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 (12 September 1861 – 16 April 1935), known as Dolla Richmond, was a New Zealand painter noted for her watercolour paintings of natural plants and animals and panoramic ...more
Sydney Lough Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Sydney Lough Thompson (24 January 1877, Oxford, New Zealand - 8 June 1973, Concarneau, France ) was a New Zealand artist.
Peter Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Peter Brown
Peter Brown may refer to:
Geoff Moon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Geoffrey James Harwood "Geoff" Moon, OBE MRCVS ARPS Hon FPSNZ MACVs., (2 April 1915 – 13 March 2009) was a New Zealand naturalist an ornithologist, conservationist, veterinary surgeon ...more
John Z. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
John Z. Robinson
John Z. Robinson (born 25 May 1953 in Foxton, New Zealand) is a New Zealand painter, printmaker, and jeweller. He has lived in Dunedin, New Zealand since 1978.
Louise Henderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Louise Henderson
Dame Louise Etiennette Sidonie Henderson (née Sauze, 21 April 1902 – 27 June 1994) was a New Zealand artist and painter.
Francis Upritchard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
Francis Upritchard
Francis Upritchard (born 1976 in New Plymouth, New Zealand) is a London-based contemporary artist. In 2009 she represented New Zealand at the 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 (born 1971) 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 ...more
W. M. Hodgkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from New Zealand
W. M. Hodgkins
William Mathew Hodgkins (23 September 1833 – 9 February 1898) was a 19th-century New Zealand painter.According to his daughter Frances Hodgkins the 'father of art in New Zealand', he was ...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