Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson (born 1966 in Ashburton) is a New Zealand artist of Māori (Kai Tahu) descent. He is also an Associate Professor at the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.

Robinson studied sculpture at the Ilam School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury between 1985 and 1989. He quickly established an exhibiting career after graduating from art school, and was included in a number of international exhibitions including the Asia Pacific Triennial and the São Paulo Art Biennial (1996), the Biennale of Sydney (1998), the Lyon Biennale (2000), and the Baltic Triennale (2002).

In 2001 Robinson and Jacqueline Fraser were New Zealand's co-representatives at the Venice Biennale, the first time New Zealand participated with a national pavilion at the event. Robinson's biennale work, Divine Comedy, was originally developed while he was artist in residence at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth.[4] In 2012 Robinson was selected for the Biennale of Sydney, where he filled a massive warehouse space on Cockatoo Island with a huge installation titled Gravitas Lite, crafted from carved polystyrene.

In 2008 Robinson was awarded the Walters Prize for his 2006 exhibition Ack at Artspace NZ, Auckland. In 2016 he was recognised with a Laureate award by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.


Works by this Artist