John Pusateri

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John Pusateri moved to New Zealand in 2004 to undertake a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

John Pusateri’s, work reflects the interest he has in the culture of animal preservation, taxidermy, scientific classification, speciation and extinction.  Pusateri’s aim is to re-contextualize these scientific specimens in a broad and abstract sense of place, space and time–to ‘unpack’ them in a manner so to extend and shift their reading and meaning.

In 2008 John founded Auckland Print Studio, which specialises in stone lithography, producing limited edition, fine art and architectural prints.



MFA (Hons), National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, Elam School of Fine Art

BFA, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, USA

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

Nyctophobia, Brandstater Gallery, La Sierra University, California

Head Trip, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Metamanagement, Seed Gallery, Auckland, NZ
… And Counting, Papakura Art Gallery, Papakura, NZ

Silhouettes, Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Phase Transition, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ

Fallen, Bledisloe Walkway Light Boxes Exhibition, Auckland, NZ
Night, Night, Night, Day, Seed Gallery, Auckland, NZ

fOWL, Seed Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Skin and Bone, Seed Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Group Exhibitions (selected)


Last Nights Dream, Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ
New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Awards, Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hamilton, NZ
Editions: a selection of new prints, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ
New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Awards, Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hamilton, NZ

Mono: the painterly print, New Zealand Steel Gallery, Franklin Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ

8 painters, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Natural Causes, Cass Gallery, Tampa, Florida, USA

Resident Artists Join Exhibition, Barry Room, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan
Drawing is/not Building, Te Pataka Toi, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ

Spine of the Land | Te Ua o Te Whenua, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ
The Skull Show, the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Gerald and James, hOWL collab with Lazerian, NYCxDesign New York, USA
GeraLDN, Southbank Centre, London, UK

12 Days, Seed Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Public Collections

Artists Image Resource, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Auckland Art Gallery Library, Auckland, NZ
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Collection of James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland, NZ
Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, USA
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan
Lewis Tanner Moore Collection, Warrington, Pennsylvania
LaFayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, Skillman Library Special Collections
National Taiwan Normal University, National Printmaking Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Bird Library Special Collections, Martin Luther King Library
Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica La Sierra University, Riverside, California
Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Georgia, Southern Graphics Council International archives

Awards (selected)

Supreme Award, The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award

Asia New Zealand Foundation: awarded on Arts Grantto Taipei Artist Village Residency

Internal Research and Advanced Practice Fund, grant from Unitec New Zealand

Team McMillan BMW Art Awards


Pricco, Evan. “John Pusateri.” Juxtapoz Wild, Gingko Press, Inc., 2016.

McNamara, T.J., “Chopping up pieces of paint” The New Zealand Herald. 5 Sept. 2015
The Art Market. Denizen Magazine.Issue 15, Winter 2015, pg 68.

Mullins, K., “Every Picture Tells a Story: explore the relationships between historic and contemporary artworks held in New Zealand galleries.” NZ Life & Leisure, pg 162.