Richard Frater was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1984. His practice often begins with the fragility and complexity of life processes –creating artworks that bring visibility to the interactions between organisms and the material world. His works frequently reveal the disruptions and interruptions that humanity and the built environment have brought to these processes.
Frater graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 2006, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from Glasgow School of Art in 2012. Significant solo exhibitions include: Common Birds, Oracle, Berlin (2018); Compound series, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017) and Living Cities 2011-, Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington (2015). Frater’s work has also been included in international exhibitions including: Im Volksgarten, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland (2020); Farewell Photography, Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Mannheim (2017); Umwelt Inversion, Galerie Conradi, Hamburg (2016) and Let’s Destroy the Earth but Keep Humans, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich (2014). In 2020 Frater was awarded the Parehuia Artist’s Residency at McCahon House, Titirangi.