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Robyn Kahukiwa is one of the leading artists of her generation. Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1938, she moved to Aotearoa, her ancestral home, in 1959. From 1972 to 1982, she was an art teacher at Mana College, Porirua. She became a full-time artist in 1983.

Since the early 1970s, Kahukiwa has explored questions of heritage, identity, and sovereignty that are central to the Māori experience and relevant to Indigenous people internationally. Best known as a painter, she has also produced prints, drawings, and sculpture.

Kahukiwa’s practice ranges across diverse subjects, including colonialism and the dispossession of Indigenous people, blood-ties and motherhood, customs and pūrākau (stories or histories). She exhibits regularly and has works in collections all over the world.

Ngāti Hau; Ngāti Konohi; Ngāti Porou; Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti; Te Whānau-a-Ruataupare; Te Whānau-a-Te Aotawarirangi;
Aotearoa New Zealand;
Date of birth
14 September 1938
Place of birth
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,