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A Maori artist, a member of the Aupouri tribe, Ralph Hotere was born near Hokianga in New Zealand in 1931. he was one of 11 children. He studied in Dunedin under Gordon Tovey and held his first one-man exhibition in 1952. He won a number of art awards and spent from 1962 to 1964 studying, travelling and exhibiting in Europe. On his return to New Zealand, Hotere continued to produce abstract paintings based on his humanist philosophy.

Ralph Hotere is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1989 of 2,017, of which 1,333 (66%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $331,617 for Pine: Without Singing sold by Art+Object in May 2023. This year 95 works have been offered for sale. Works by Ralph Hotere are held by the Museum Of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and a further four major public national galleries (see list below).

Ralph Hotere is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • Gil Docking, with additions by Michael Gunn covering 1970-90. Two Hundred Years of New Zealand Painting, David Bateman Ltd., New Zealand, 1990 Page 180
  • McGahey, Kate. The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists Painters Printmakers Sculptors, Gilt Edge Publishing, Wellington, New Zealand, 2000. Page 122
  • The Find New Zealand Artists web site: a database of artist names that directs researchers to the rich resources found in New Zealand's libraries, art society exhibition histories and published sources.

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