Mathias Kauage

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Mathias Kauage O.B.E. (1944 in Miugu, Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea – May 2003[1][2]) was a Papua New Guinean artist. In 1998, Kauage was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the arts by Queen Elizabeth II.[3] The National Gallery of Australia has described him as "Papua New Guinea's best-known contemporary artist".[4] He was still holding regular exhibitions abroad shortly before his death,[5] in Australia, Europe and Africa.[2]

Kauage's art included drawing, painting and woodcuts. His career as an artist was reportedly inspired by visiting an exhibition of Timothy Akis' in 1969.[5]

He was unrelated to fellow artist Chris Kauage, although the two were friends.[2]


  1. ^ "National Gallery of Australia website". National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Niugini Arts Archived 8 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Mathias Kauage Archived 16 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Imagining Papua New Guinea", National Gallery of Australia
  5. ^ a b "Imagining Papua New Guinea", National Gallery of Australia