Peter Rive
Artist - Born in New Zealand, 1979.

Graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland with a BFA in 2001.  Based between New Zealand and Japan for over a decade, he has exhibited artwork in New York, Florence, Paris (Carrousel du Louvre), Osaka and Tokyo and his latest projects have also extended to include collaborations with boutique fashion labels and large stage productions. He currently lives in Tokyo with his wife and two sons.

Painting in its purest form is an exploration of seeing. Peter Rive produces original contemporary art, investigating the time, process, scale and viewing of a painting.  Drawing on experiences and influences between East and West, his latest work incorporates diverse sources of information carried into medium; traditional and industrial paints, photography and digital imagery.


Finalist, New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award 2016, Hamilton Gardens, NZ

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize 2015, Wellington, NZ

Finalist, Team McMillan BMW Art Awards 2008, Auckland, NZ


Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Diploma of Graphic Design, Natcoll School of Design and Technology



TBA - Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York, (Upcoming May 9th - 28th)


TBA - Fireking, Tokyo, Japan (Upcoming November 6th - December 3rd)

Silent Noise: paintings from Tokyo - Allpress Studio, Auckland, NZ (Upcoming August 22nd - 31st)


To The Point - Kids Can NZ Charity Exhibition - Seed Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Tokyo International Art Fair 2016 - Omotesando Hills, Tokyo

Artspace Maru84 - Tokyo Plaza Ginza, Tokyo, Japan (Grand Opening, March 31st)

Ways of Seeing - Fireking, Tokyo, Japan

NZPPA Award Finalist's Exhibition, Waikato Society of Arts, NZ


Spectrum Art Fair - Miami Basel Week, Arts & Entertainment District, Miami, USA

Parkin Prize Finalist's Exhibition, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, New Zealand

Art Expo New York - Pier 94, New York City, USA

Tokyo International Art Fair 2015 - Quest Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Keauhou, Ke Ala O Ke Ao, 10th Anniversary Hoike - Tokyo, Japan

The Line - Fireking, Tokyo, Japan


Un Seul Grain De Riz - Galerie Metanoia, Paris, France

Salon Art Fair, Carrousel du Louvre - Louvre Museum, Paris, France

HAU, product launch - Tokyo, Japan

Cameo - Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Peter Rive x G30 - Vogue Japan Fashion Night Out 2014 @ H>FRACTAL, Tokyo, Japan

Contemporary Visions, Festival of Contemporary Arts - MULITVERSO, Florence, Italy

sAagara SHOWROOM - Tokyo, Japan

Transnational Art 2014, Contemporary Art Exhibition - Enokojima Center, Osaka, Japan


OCEANSKYRIVERSEA - Fireking, Tokyo, Japan

Diamond in the Rough - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ


Cross Purposes - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ

New Work: Peter Rive, Aaron McConchie, Thomas Hinton - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ  


Alter Piece - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ


Intersections - Chow:Hill, Axon House, Auckland NZ

Twenty Ten - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ

House of Cards - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ


New Work: Peter Rive, Tabatha Forbes, Tracy Black - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ


Out of the Box - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ

Team McMillan BMW Art Awards Exhibition, Auckland NZ

Two - Seed Gallery's Second Anniversary Exhibition, Auckland NZ


Discography - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ

Post - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ

One - Seed Gallery's First Anniversary Exhibition, Auckland NZ


New Work: Peter Rive & Marie Le Lievre - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ

Temporary Conclusions - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ

Origins and Originality - Seed Gallery, Auckland NZ


Cameo - Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch NZ

Open Review - Akiraho Studios, Auckland NZ

Whip it Up - Allelujah Cafe, Auckland NZ


Hung and Quartered (Elam Year III Painters Show) - Northern Steamship Building, Auckland NZ