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Susan Te Kahurangi King (born 1951) is a New Zealand artist who found international fame in 2009.[1][2] She was born in "Te Aroha in 1951.[1]

King is a self-taught artist whose ability to speak declined by the age of four, and by the age of eight stopped speaking altogether.[3] She has methodically created an entire analogous world through extraordinary drawings using pen, graphite, colored pencil, crayon and ink.[4]

King drew prolifically through to the early 1990s and then without reason suddenly she stopped. King renewed drawing in 2008 when documentary film maker Dan Salmon began filming her and her art.[2]

"Art collector and "curator Peter Fay discovered her work and curated a solo show for her in Sydney in 2009.[2] In 2013 King showed at the prestigious Paris Outsider Art Fair.[5] In 2015 she had her first solo US show Drawings from Many Worlds at the Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York.[4][6] In July 2016, King's debut museum exhibition opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c "Pictures of Susan". Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Susan Te Kahurangi King Biography". Susan Te Kahurangi King. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "This Outsider Artist Stopped Speaking As A Child, Communicates Solely Through Her Work". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  5. ^ "Explosive Drawing: Susan King's Mash-ups, Strange Landscapes, and Other Worlds". 2014-11-08. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Karen (2014-11-20). "Susan Te Kahurangi King: 'Drawings From Many Worlds'". The New York Times. "ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Susan Te Kahurangi King | Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
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