Robyn Kahukiwa

born 1938, Sydney

Ngāti Porou (Ngāti Konohi, Te Whānau-a-Ruataupare, Te Whānau-a-Te-Ao), Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti

Since the early 1970s, Robyn 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. Her practice ranges across diverse subjects, including colonialism and the dispossession of Indigenous people, blood-ties and motherhood, customs and pūrākau. She exhibits regularly and has works in collections all over the world.

'We have never been assimilated despite many attempts by successive governments to make Māori and Pākehā one people. Today's Māori are living proof of the continuum of whakapapa, the power of our achievements and the survival of an intact, dynamic culture.'
ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Tihe Mauri Ora, 1990
Oil and alkyd oil on unstretched canvas
2100 x 3580mm
Fletcher Trust Collection, Tāmaki Makaurau
ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Aroha, 1971
Oil on board
590 x 590mm
Fletcher Trust Collection, Tāmaki Makaurau
ROBYN KAHUKIWA
The Migration, 1973
Oil on board
700 x 855mm
Collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Whanganui-a-Tara
ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Taranga, 1982
Oil on board
1190 x 1190mm
Collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa,Te Whanganui-a-Tara
ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Hinetītama, 1980
Oil on board
1320 x 1320mm
Collection of Te Manawa, Te Papaioea Palmerston North
ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Tēnā i Ruia, 1987
Acrylic on canvas
2075 x 4025mm
Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Invasion, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
900 x 1200mm
Fletcher Trust Collection, Tāmaki Makaurau

ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Monument, 2019
Acrylic, watercolour and ink on paper
594 x 420mm
Collection of Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates
ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Pātai ki ngā Poutū o te Whare
(Ask the Posts of the House), 2022
Acrylic on cotton canvas
700 x 900mm
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ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Ka Whakaahua a Hinetītama ki a Hinenuitepō (Hinetītama Becomes Hinenuitepō), 2022
Acrylic on cotton canvas
900 x 700mm
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ROBYN KAHUKIWA
Tīwaiwaka, 2022
Acrylic on cotton canvas
700 x 550mm
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