Fernanda Brenner (nee Castelli) was born in Fiume, Italy and at the age of 12 was awarded a scholarship to study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. She then returned home and learnt the trades of dressmaking and cookery and worked at both. She migrated to New Zealand in 1951, where her interest in art was rekindled. She is known for her Maori portraits, some her own composition and others copies of portraits by Goldie. She became a member of the New Zealand Academy of Arts and taught painting as well as exhibiting regularly in Wellington galleries. She died in 2005 in Wellington.
The earliest auction listing we have for Fernanda Brenner is in 1998 and in total 56 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 46 (82%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $1,551 for Pineaha Warekowai (Maori Chief) sold by FishersOnlineArt/ Fishers Fine Arts in June 2005. This year one work has been offered for sale.
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