New Zealand mourns loss of Ralph Hotere - Art Collector

26 February 2013 | Acclaimed New Zealand artist Ralph Hotere passed away peacefully on the weekend.

With an artistic career spanning more than five decades, the 81 year-old was renowned for his tackling of political, cultural and environmental issues. Hotere’s oeuvre is a compelling and personal commentary on New Zealand’s history. He actively engaged with the controversial events of his nation, hometown and iwi, referencing events such as the Springbok tour, the Rainbow Warrior sinking and the Aramoana massacre in his work. He was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand in 2011, the only person to be awarded the country's highest honour that year.

Hotere was was born in Northland in 1931 and settled in Port Chalmers near Dunedin in 1969. He was of Te Aupouri descent and the ninth of 15 children. He is survived by his wife Mary McFarlane.

Hannah McKissock-Davis

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