Martin Roestenburg

b. 1909d. 1966

Also known as:

  • Martinus Wouterus Roestenburg

Martin Roestenburg was born in Woensel (Eindhoven) in the Netherlands, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

Roestenburg had already created several murals, paintings and religious sculptures for various Dutch churches when, in 1951, the Catholic Church brought him to New Zealand to produce stained glass windows in churches throughout this country.

Settling with his family in Taihape went on to create 'Our Lady of Lourdes' (1958) in Paraparaumu, leadlight windows, murals and other religious statues. He became curator of the Palmerston North Art Gallery about 1966, the year of his death.

See also:

Martin Roestenburg, Untitled [Angus, Flood & Griffiths Mural] (1958), Whitiora, Kirikiriroa Hamilton

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2022