Bio

Rieko Woodford-Robinson

Rieko is best known for her detailed portraits of anthropomorphic creatures, usually animals or well-loved toys. A self-taught artist and illustrator, she was born in Japan and has lived in Wellington since 1999. Her first exhibition was held in 2010, followed by several solo shows and group exhibitions in Wellington and Auckland. Every one of her solo shows has sold out.

Rieko’s work is influenced by Pop Surrealism and the Old Masters. Aesthetic elements of Japanese pop culture such as kawaii (cute) also appear in her paintings, finely balanced with melancholy and knowing humour. Rieko’s subjects seem to be a little reluctant to reveal their stories, and often inhabit fairytale settings that evoke childhood fables. Her paintings provide a small but intriguing window into the lives of her characters.

Rieko is represented by Warwick Henderson Gallery in Auckland and her limited-edition giclée prints are available exclusively from Eyeball Kicks Gallery in Wellington.

Rieko Woodford-Robinson profile photo

Photograph by Brian Culy

Exhibitions

2018
“Aotearoa” Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, 2 - 20 October
2016
“Portrait Animalia” Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, 4 - 22 October
“Creatures” Group show, Roar Gallery, Wellington, 5 - 31 May
2015
“Animalia” Eyeball Kicks Gallery, Wellington, 12 - 24 June
“Pencil Pop!” Eyeball Kicks Gallery, Wellington, 2 - 16 October
2014
“Deep in the Woods” Expression Galley, Upper Hutt, 3 May - 6 July
“Grimm Exhibition” Group show, Kina NZ Design + Artspace, New Plymouth, 7 March – 1 April
2013
“Hunters - a way of life” Arthur's Cafe, Wellington, 12 November - 8 December
“Circus” Group show, Roar Gallery, Wellington, 7 - 3 February
2012
“The Wolf and the Fox”, Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington, 4 - 9 December
“Pirates” Group show, Roar Gallery, Wellington, 3 May - 2 June
“Portrait Collection”, Deluxe Café, Wellington, 23 April - 5 May, 2012
2011
“Curious Nature”, Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington, 28 November - 4 December
2010
“Imaginary Creatures” Deluxe Café, Wellington