|Born||1938, 1940 or 1941|
|Known for||Painting; Writing; Illustration|
Robyn Kahukiwa (born 1938) is an artist, award-winning children's book author, and illustrator from New Zealand. Kahukiwa has created a significant collection of paintings, books, prints, drawings, and sculptures.
Kahukiwa was born in Sydney, Australia in 1938. She trained as a commercial artist and later moved to New Zealand at the age of nineteen.
From 1972 to 1980, Kahukiwa was a regular exhibitor at the Academy in Wellington.
In the 1980s, Kahukiwa gained prominence in New Zealand after her exhibition Wahine Toa (strong women), which toured the country. This exhibition drew on Māori myth and symbolism. One of the pieces, Hinetitama, is in the permanent collection at Te Manawa.
Kahukiwa's work often deals with themes of colonialism and the dispossession of indigenous people, motherhood and blood-ties, social custom and mythology. In a 2004 article, Kahukiwa implements "political activism in subject matter and method into powerful images that assert Māori identity and tradition."
She is a "staunch supporter of Māori rights and the power and prestige of Māori women."
In 2011, Kahukiwa was awarded with the Te Tohu Toi Kē Award from Te Waka Toi, the Māori arm of Creative New Zealand.
- Taniwha (1986)
- The Koroua and the Mauri stone (1994)
- Paikea (1994)
- Kēhua (1996)
- Supa heroes: te wero (2000)
- Koha (2003)
- Matatuhi (2007)
- The forgotten Taniwha (2009)
- Tutu Taniwha (2010)
- Te Marama (2011)
- The Boy and the Dolphin (2016)
- Ngā Atua: Māori Gods (2016)
With writer Patricia Grace:
- The Kuia and the Spider (1981)
- Watercress Tuna & the Children of Champion Street (1981)
- Wahine Toa: Women in Maori Myth (1984)
With Joy Cowley:
- Grandma’s stick (1982)
- Hatupatu and the birdwoman (1982)
With Rangimarie Sophie Jolley:
- The Blue Book (2014)
- 1994 LIANZA Young People's Non-Fiction Award (now known as Elsie Locke Award) for Paikea
- 2011 Te Tohu Toi Kē | Making a Difference Award 
- Dunn, Michael. New Zealand Painting: A Concise History Auckland University Press, 2004.
- Brownson, Ron. Art Toi: New Zealand Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, 2011
- Kirker, Anne. New Zealand Women Artists Reed Methuen, 1986
- "Bowen Galleries :: Artists Catalogue". www.bowengalleries.co.nz. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
- "Maori goddess returns to Te Manawa". Stuff.
- Mané-Wheoki, Jonathan.The Art of Robyn Kahukiwa Reed Publishing, 2005
- BAILEY, GAIL (16 November 2004). "Warrior for Maori rights and identity". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
- "Robyn Kahukiwa | Adam Art Gallery". www.adamartgallery.org.nz. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- Susan Leckey, ed. (2015). The Europa Directory of Literary Awards and Prizes. Routledge. p. 165. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Te Waka Toi Awards".
- Eggleton, David Earth and Spirit: Robyn Kahukiwa's Mauri Ora! Exhibition Art New Zealand, 2002
- Panoho, Rangihiroa, Māori Art: History, Architecture, Landscape and Theory, Auckland: David Bateman Ltd, 2015
- Works by Robyn Kahukiwa in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
- Robyn Kahukiwa: Artist, Writer, Illustrator The Sapling, 2017
- Hinetitama by Robyn Kahukiwa NZ History
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