Born in Wellington in 1926, Guy Ngan had his early schooling in China, but returned to New Zealand in 1938. He studied at Wellington Technical College and in 1951 at the Goldsmiths, University of London and then the Royal College of Art. He returned to New Zealand in 1956 working in graphic design before being appointed director of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, a position he held for the next 20 years. A painter, printmaker and sculptor, he is known for incorporating Maori motifs into his works.
Guy Ngan is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1990 of 427, of which 362 (85%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $286,818 for Cast Bronze Sculpture No. 216 sold by Art+Object in March 2023. This year 33 works have been offered for sale. Works by Guy Ngan are held by the Museum Of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and Suter Art Gallery.
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