Peter Robinson rapidly achieved public recognition in the early 1990s associated with a group of artists working in a figurative mode. These artists graduated from the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts circa 1988, living and working in Christchurch at the time, and including other high profile artists Séraphine Pick and Tony de Lautour. These artists are represented in most of the country’s public collection. Few artists have investigated the nature of New Zealand’s bicultural identity with the daring and wit that Robinson has, drawing on both his Ngāi Tahu and Pākehā/European descent to explore ideas of colonisation and exchange, always with a sense of irony and tongue firmly in cheek. Robinson was one of the two artists representing New Zealand at the 2000 Venice Biennale, and in 2008 was awarded New Zealand’s most prestigious art prize, the Walters Award. He currently lectures at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.