Dagmar Dyck

Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck (born 1972) is a New Zealand artist of Tongan and German descent.[1] Dyck's prints and paintings are often inspired by her cultural heritage and explore textile practices of Tonga.[2] In 2012, Dyck was co-curator of 'No'o fakataha', a group exhibition of Tongan artists.[3]


Dyck completed a Bachelor for Fine Arts through Elam School of Fine Arts in 1994 and a Post-Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts in 1995. She was the first women of Tongan descent to do so.[4] In 2009, Dyck graduated with a Grad Dip in Tchng (Primary) from Victoria University of Wellington. She teaches art at Sylvia Park School in Mt Wellington, Auckland.[5]

Awards and honors

In 2017 Dyck was selected for inclusion in an artist research role in the Ancient Futures Marsden Project to Europe in 2018.[6]

In 2014 Dyck received the Contemporary Artist Award at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards.[7]

In 2002 Dyck was a finalist for the Wallace Art Awards.[8]

Selected exhibitions

  • 2017 un/trained thoughts, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Newmarket Auckland [9]
  • 2014 Tonga 'i Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary, Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua Wellington [10]
  • 2013. Pacific Voices II, Orexart Auckland.[11]
  • 2013. To Be Pacific, Tairawhiti Museum + Art Gallery Gisborne.[12]
  • 2013 Pacifica: Patterns of Exchange. Flagstaff Gallery Auckland with Sheyne Tuffery[13]
  • 2013 Made in Oceania, Tapa Art + Landscapes, Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne[14]
  • 2013 Between the Lines, Solander Gallery Wellington,[15]
  • 2012. Made in New Zealand: An exhibition of Fine Art from New Zealand. Agora Gallery, New York, USA.[16]


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  3. "No'o fakataha". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  4. "Tattoo artist takes Pasifika Art Award". Radio New Zealand National. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  5. "Dagmar Dyck Artist Profile, Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  6. "Marsden Project". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  7. Chung, Jasmyne. "Celebrating innovation and diversity with Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards 2014". Creative New Zealand. Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  8. "Dagmar Dyck Artist Profile". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  9. "Exhibition". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  10. "Exhibition History". Pataka. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  11. "Exhibitions". Orex Gallery. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  12. "Exhibitions". Tairawhiti Museum. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  13. "Exhibitions". Flagstaff Gallery. Archived from the original on 12 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  14. "Archive". Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  15. "Exhibitions". Solander Gallery. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  16. "To Be Pacific - opens". Tairawhiti Museum. Retrieved 11 July 2015.

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