Of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi, and Ngāti Kahu descent Piri was born and raised in Te Waipounamu, the South Island of New Zealand. She works as a painter, sculptor and designer - Māori culture is the backbone of her art practice.


Piri has completed several public art commissions for Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu, honouring tuna (eels). Her most recent steel sculpture Kirihao - Resilience (pictured) is situated at the Pita Te Hori Centre, Ōtautahi Christchurch. Priscilla also created seven bronze eels for Te Hononga, the Christchurch Civic building.


In 2013, Piri designed shade sails that are now installed in a Māori garden, at Les Jardins de Fruitiers de Laquenexy, near Metz, France. In 2014, thanks to generous support from Creative New Zealand, she was able to participate in the Artists in Residence, Vallauris, France.


Piri returned to Paris in September 2015 to be mentored by Marian Fountain in the creation of bronze medals. She went on to complete integrated art designs at Tākaro ā Poi - Margaret Mahy Family Park, Christchurch.


Piri is a graduate of the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts.


For more please go to:


Selected Exhibitions:                                                                                                              

2017    Te Ātinga Gallery, Toi Māori Art Market, Wellington, New Zealand

2016     Imago Mundi, New Zealand: Kiwi Consciousness, Treviso, Italy

2015     Portes Ouvertes, Open Studios, Montreuil, France                                                    

2014     Te Atinga Gallery, Māori Market, Wellington, New Zealand                  

2014     Exposition, Le Cabanon, A.I.R. Vallauris, France                                                              

2013     Festival of Colour, The Arthouse, Wānaka, New Zealand                                                   

2012     11th Festival of Pacific Arts, National Gallery, Honiara, Solomon Islands









Piri Cowie

gallery/piri cowie_hao