This is one of his paintings
This is one of his paintings

Ralph Hotere received his secondary school education at St Peters Maori College, Auckland. After early art training in Auckland, he moved to Dunedin in 1952, where he studied at King Edward Technical College. During the 1950s, he worked as a schools art advisor for the Education Department in the Bay of Islands.
In 1961 Hotere travelled to England where he studied at London's Central School of Art. During 1962-1964 he studied in France and travelled around Europe, during which time he saw the development of the Pop Art and Op Art. His travels took him to the war cemetery in Italy where his brother was buried.
Hotere returned to Otago in 1965, settling in the town of Port Charmers on the Otago Harbor. In 1969, he became the University of Otago's Frances Hodgkins and at about that time he began to start putting literary elements into his work. He worked with poets such as Hone Tuwhare and Bill Manhire to produce several strong paintings, and produced other works specifically for the New Zealand literary journal Landfall. -Michaela

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