Artist Profile

Robyn Kahukiwa

Born 1938

Ngati Porou/Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti/Ngati Hau/Ngati Konohi/Whanau a Ruatapare

Born in Sydney, Kahukiwa moved to New Zealand in 1959 and based herself in Rotorua, Since her first exhibition in Wellington in 1971, Kahukiwa has created a significant body of paintings, along with prints, drawing and sculpture. Her exhibition, Wahine Toa : Women in Māori myth, toured by the Art Gallery Directors' Council in 1984.

As one of New Zealand's leading Maori artists she 'paved the way' for her generation of Māori artists. Her work celebrates controversial socio-cultural issues that are central to the Māori experience in New Zealand. She raised awareness of contemporary Maori art on the world stage.

She has works in all major public galleries in New Zealand and internationally. In 2005 Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd published The Art of Robyn Kahukiwa. In September 2011, Kahukiwa received the Te Tohu Toi Ke award from Te Waka Toi, the Māori arm of Creative New Zealand. This was an acknowledgement that she had 'made a difference' in New Zealand and beyond.

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