About Ralph Hotere
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One of eleven children, Hotere was born in Mitimiti, Northland, in 1931. He was educated at Hato Petera College and Auckland Teachers' College, before moving to Dunedin in 1952 to specialise in painting.
After a time spent in the Bay of Islands as the arts advisor for the Education Department, Ralph was awarded a New Zealand Art Societies Fellowship for study in London at the Central School of Art in 1961. His time in England proved to be pivotal to his development as an artist.
More recently Ralph Hotere was awarded "A New Zealand Icon Artist" by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.
Returning to New Zealand in 1965, he began to focus exclusively on his artistic career. Before being awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship and moving to Dunedin permanently in 1969, Ralph had two important solo exhibitions in Auckland: Sangro Paintings and Human Rights (1965) and Black Paintings (1968).