John Pule was born in the village of Liku in Niue, and immigrated to New Zealand at the age of two in 1964. Pule first visited Niue as an adult in 1991 and has since returned a number of times. This triggered a strong interest in the history and mythology of Niue which continues to inform his work to this day. Pule is an accomplished painter, printmaker, poet
and writer. His work is highly inventive, particularly in its adaptation of traditional Pacific art forms. It is also challenging and provocative in content.
John Pule is arguably one of the Pacific’s most significant artists. He has been at the forefront of contemporary New Zealand art since he began his painting practice in the early 1990s. His work is held in major public collections in Australasia including Auckland Art Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, The National Gallery of Victoria and Queensland Art Gallery. Career highlights include a survey exhibition at the City Gallery Wellington (2010) and inclusion in exhibitions at Museo de Atre Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile (2012), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2011) and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2007).
His work is the subject of several books including the monograph Hauaga (Otago University Press, 2010). Pule is also a published writer and poet. He was the recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit for the services to the Arts in 2012.