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  • JOHNNY PENISULA

    • Invercargill-based sculptor Johnny Penisula is as one of New Zealand’s few rock art specialists.

      Reputedly the first contemporary Pacific artist to exhibit as a painter in New Zealand, Johnny’s natural talent and desire to become an artist began as a child in Samoa. Johnny began exhibiting successfully as a painter in 1972. In recognition of his excellence and ongoing contribution to the arts, Johnny received the Creative New Zealand 2002 Senior Pacific Arts Award. He was the Cook Island Artist in Residence in 2005 and the 2007 recipient of the Macmillan Brown Pacific Artist in Residence. His work is held in public

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