Peter Robinson started his career as a painter and studied sculpture at Ilam School of Fine Arts from 1985-1989. His journey then saw him play a large part in bi-cultural debate through the late 80s and early 90s, becoming renowned for his provocative and controversial treatment of racial issues, ethnicity and identity. However, once Peter had felt this phase of his career had run its course, and for fear of being perpetually type-cast as an identity artist, Peter leapt into new territory and revisited his interest in Post Minimalism and Arte Povera, which he had been drawn to in his first year at Ilam. These movements were to inform the structure, orientation and social impulse of his work throughout the next decade of his career.

Peter’s use of materials and techniques are also perpetually changing tack - drawing, painting, sculpture, digital media and installation have all play their part in Peter’s huge collection of work. In 2001, Peter and Jacqueline Fraser represented New Zealand in the 49th Venice Biennale and in 2008 Peter won the Walters Prize for ACK and 2013 in participated in the Istanbul Biennale and last year he was included in the Jakarta Biennale.

Peter Robinson
Die Cuts & Derivations, 2015
installation view: Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
photo: Alex North
image courtesy the artist and Hopkinson Mossman


A short film about Peter Robinson's collaborative installation 'If You Were To Work Here: The Mood in the Museum', part of the 5th Auckland Triennial.
Born in Ashburton, New Zealand.
Studied sculpture at Ilam School of Fine Arts, at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Participated in 11th Biennale of Sydney.
Featured in Cultural safety: contemporary art from New Zealand, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main.
Features in "Toi Toi Toi: three generations of artists from New Zealand", Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
Featured in touring exhibition Continental shift, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen.
Represented New Zealand at the 49th Venice Biennale.
Participated in 8th Baltic Triennale of International Art, Vilnius.
Nominated for Walters Prize for The Humours at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Winner of the Walters Prize for his exhibition ACK at Artspace, Auckland.
Participated in 18th Biennale of Sydney.
Participated in the 13th Istanbul Biennale.
"Neither Forward nor Back: Acting in the Present" featured at Jakarta Biennial.
Received Arts Foundation Laureate Award!