Simon Richardson was born in August, 1974 in Southland, New Zealand, and grew up in the iconic landscape of Central Otago. In 1992, he began studies at the Otago School of Art, graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and started work as a full-time artist.
Over his career, Simon has held a number of solo exhibitions in Dunedin and Auckland, where he received critical acclaim, and has won an array of prestigious honours. He has been awarded the Canadian Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant three times – an accolade just 48 other people had received when the third award was made, which enabled him to spend time overseas studying European painting. He was the winner of the Mainland Award in 2003 and was finalist in the Visa Gold Awards in 1998 and the Adam Portraiture Award in 2004 and was awarded a scholarship from the New York Academy of Art in 1997.
He has painted a number of high profile New Zealanders, including a portrait of literar great Hone Tuwhare – a painting currently held in the Eastern Southland Museum – former All Blacks captain Anton Oliver, and was commissioned to paint the Civic Portrait of Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin and the Christ’s College Headmaster in 2010. Simon Richardson lives and works on the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand.