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Robert Jahnke (Te Whanau a Rakairoa, Te Whanau a Iritekura, Ngai Taharora, Ngati Porou) is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary Māori artists.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design in 1976 and his first-class Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 1978, both from Auckland University. In 1980, he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts.

One of the key themes in his work is the relationship between tangata whenua and the European colonisers of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

His major public works include window and door designs for the Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa, wall reliefs for the High Court Building and Bowen House in Wellington and the sculpture installation at the Sky Casino entrance in Auckland.

Professor Jahnke is currently the Head of The School of Maori Studies, and Maori Visual Arts Programme Coordinator at Massey University, with research specialties in Māori visual arts, and the history of Māori visual culture (traditional/contemporary).


Solo Exhibitions
2008 'New and Used: A Rose by any other Name', The Pencil Gallery, Gisborne

2007 Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2005 Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2003 'Bobby’s 15 Minutes of Fame', Artis Gallery, Auckland

2001 'Alpha Omega', Te Manawa, Palmerston North, Dowes Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Te Tuhi – The Mark, Pakuranga (A touring show)

2000 'Back to Front: Mua ki Muru', Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North

1999 'Back to Front: Mua ki Muru', Commons Gallery, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oahu

1998 'Koha', Artis Gallery, Auckland

1997 'Transplanted Culture', Janne Land Gallery, Wellington

1994 'Take a seat', Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, Fox Gallery, Auckland

1994 'Con-version 3.33R', Fox Gallery, Auckland

1992 Te Ata Tuarua', Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Wellington. Manawatu Art Gallery, Manawatu. Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery, Rotorua. Fox Gallery, Auckland

1990 'Ata', Fox Gallery, Auckland


2002 Spinning Top, Wellington Sculpture Trust

2001 Fish works, J. Gibbs, A. Coney, D. M. Reid, B. Frankham, G. Walker, J. K. Morrow. Taharora exterior, Waipiro Bay, East Coast

2000 Stamp works - Kevin Roberts

1998 Kaha Disc, Saatchi and Saatchi, New York

1995 Kuwaha, Sky City Casino, Auckland

1994 Rongomaraeroa Kuwaha, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

1994 Restaurant Spandrel, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

1994 Pacific Columns, Kermadec Restaurant, Auckland

1992 Whanganui-a-Tara, mixed Media Wall Relief, High Court Building, Wellington

1992 Mixed Media Wall Relief, Staff Club, Victoria University Wellington

1990 Mixed Media Wall Relief, Maori Room, Bowen House, Wellington

1988 Dining Room Murals and Wharenui Interior, Taharora Marae, Waipiro Bay

1988 Foyer Entrance, Auckland College of Education, Epsom

1987 Exterior Mural and Interior Furniture, St Andrews Church, Manurewa

1985 Carved Door Lintel, Mangere College, Auckland

1981 Mixed Media Mural, Mataatua Marae, Mangere

Selected Collections

The Auckland City Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery and Museum, Wellington
The Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton
Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North
The McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Waikato University, Hamilton
Massey University, Palmerston North
The Ministry of External Relations and Trade, Bejing, London and New York
National Bank, New Market, Tokoroa, Lower Hutt, Wellington
Te Puni Kokiri, Wellington_The Broadcasting Commission, Wellington
Te Waka Toi, Wellington

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