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"Te'Mete will be cemented in our National history making him one of the most relevant Artists in our Country throughout history” - Dr Keith Ovenden - Chairman of the New Zealand National Portrait Gallery.


Internationally Recognised Artist, Te'Mete Smith specialises in spatial awareness in fine art and design, weaving light, form and evoking mood and depth of field while connecting audiences with deep substance and breath taking appreciation 

Te Mete Smith (born 1985) is a contemporary New Zealand painter and digital artist of Māori, and European descent.

His often large, finely detailed oil and acrylic paintings depict the land, myths and people of Aotearoa (New Zealand), combining aspects of realism and surrealism. He also celebrates diversity through his skill in digital and painting art forms.

Te Mete Smith was born in Tauranga, New Zealand and spent his childhood living in Whanarua Bay, New Zealand.

In 2012, Te’Mete made international history after painting Louisa Wall (NZ Labour Politician) known for fronting the Equality Amendment Bill that gave same sex couples the right to Marry in NZ, the original painting featured in Investment publications among artworks that have sold at Christies Auction in New York.  


On the 30th of March 2016 Te’Mete was inducted in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. The most prestigious portrait gallery in New Zealand, his portrait of Carmen Rupe a New Zealand icon and LGBTQI human equality visionary. The Portrait ​was held in high esteem with an exclusive Ceremony that included the Wellington Mayor, Art Critics, Government and Officials. 

Throughout the years Te Mete has had many exhibitions and created a strong following of collectors and art buyers from all parts of the globe have purchased the artists works.

Through  the sales of his artworks Te Mete has raised funds for selected charities including, New  Zealand Aids Foundation, Rainbow Youth, Cartier Bereavement Trust, NZ Cancer Foundation, Gay Auckland Business Asociation, Cure Kids, Ronald McDonald House, World Vision,  among many other notable charities.



2016 - Tauranga Art Gallery - Miles Art Award Finalist

2016 - New Zealand Portrait Gallery Honour Inductment (Sole presentation for the Artist - Presented by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Politician MP Louisa Wall)

2016 - Finalist Molly Morpeth  Canaday Art Awards

2014 - NZ Government - Creative New Zealand Grant Award

2014 - National New Zealand Museum - Te Papa Hounouray

2013 - New York Christie Auction House

2013 - New Zealand Investor Tender

2012 - Finalist Molly Morpeth  Canaday Art Awards

2011 - 1st Place APN Media Art and Design Award

2010 - 1st Place Fuji Japan Art and Design Award

2008 - 1st Place Yellow pages New Zealand Art Award

2007 - 1st Place Yellow Pages Design Award

2003 - 1st Place Tauranga Council District Art Award




Bachelor of Art & Design, Major in Spatial Design -  Auckland University of Technology