Genre: Fine Art
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Reuben Paterson's pioneering use of glitter and the stylistic breadth, reach and social content of his work has firmly established him as one of New Zealand’s most significant contemporary artists.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand 1973. Ngati Rangitihi, hapu of Te Arawa and Tuhoe tribes. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, 1997. Awarded the Moet et Chandon Fellowship to Avize, France 1997, the youngest recipient and the second Maori to receive the award. In 2005 he won the Development Prize in the Wallace Art Awards - the prize a three-month residency with the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York valued at $15,000.
Paterson has been exhibiting since 1995 and more recently has had numerous prestigious public exhibitions: in 2000 he was represented at the 8th Festival of Pacific Arts Biennale d’Art Contemporian, Noumea, New Caledonia. In 2001 his work was shown at Te Tuhi, Auckland; Te Wa - the space, Wanganui; Auckland Art Gallery; Wellington City Art Gallery; Pataka, Porirua. In July 2002 he exhibited at Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington and in 2005 he was selected to exhibit in the International Biennale of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery in Prague.