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Ron Brownson, senior curator New Zealand and Pacific Art, Auckland Art Gallery, described Jan Nigro as "a living hero... She has a huge heart for the truths within other's lives. I consider Jan to be one of New Zealand's bravest and insightful artist."
Born in Gisborne in 1920, Nigro enrolled at Elam, School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 1937. Nigro has had an extensive exhibition career. She is an astute observer of human behaviour, succinctly appraising the world around her in her search to understand the figure. She is aware of the trends of her time and responds to the way society adapts to issues by delivering works that are innovative and unique.
She was awarded the MBE for Services to the Arts in 1993 and in 1996 published her autobiography "Apple for the Teacher" with David Bateman Ltd, Auckland. Nigro is represented in many private and public collections both in New Zealand and internationally; including Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, Auckland Art Gallery, Rotorua Museum of Art & History, The Dowse, Lower Hutt, Hawke's Bay Museum, Napier, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
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