Barbara Von Seida


Barbara’s paintings are held in numerous private and corporate collections, both in New Zealand and overseas, including that of internationally recognised artist and collector the late Roy Dalgarno.  

Barbara was born in Germany. She trained for 5 years in Art and Design (3 years in textiles and 2 years in ceramic/product design) at Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences -- design faculty) in Krefeld. After graduating in textiles, Barbara was employed by the international company Vereinigte Seidenwebereien A.G. (United Silk Weaving Company) in Krefeld, and also worked as a freelance fabric designer.

In 1984 Barbara migrated to south-west Ireland where she established a studio and became widely known for her ceramics and watercolour paintings.

In 1990 she moved to New Zealand and established the Kowhai Watercolour Studio (now known as the Kowhai Studio) in Coromandel, and in 1993 was joined by local artist Patrick Greene. 2004 saw the opening of a fully dedicated gallery in her clifftop home overlooking Long Bay.

In April 2005 Barbara attended The Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney where she studied under the tutelage of David Briggs and Rod Wong.


Barbara also invites you to view the award-winning street photography of German photographer, Thomas Fuengerlings


See Barbara at work in her studio

This episode of art TV show “Colour In Your Life” with Barbara von Seida. Watch this video to learn more about her painting, drawing, art workshops and techniques.



New Zealand

Barbara has received numerous competition awards throughout the North and upper South Islands. She has also been a selected exhibitor at, among others, the prestigious North Shore (1995), Norsewear (1996), Molly Morpeth Canaday (1996, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013) and Walker & Hall (2009 and 2019) competitions.

Barbara has held numerous exhibitions, both solo and combined, throughout New Zealand and has also been an invited judge at numerous art competitions.

She has also been an invited feature writer for The New Zealand Artist Magazine (March-April, May-June 2016, and September-October 2019).


Barbara has had her work included in a limited edition art calendar Galerie (2001) which was produced and distributed worldwide by international art publishers Te Neues, and has also been an invited feature writer for the Australian Artist Magazine (June 2006 and December 2007).

Additionally, she has held solo exhibitions in Germany (Bingen and Krefeld), Ireland (Cork and Killarney) and Osaka, Japan.

In Ireland, Barbara was awarded 1st prize in the National Painting Competition in Bantry and was also a selected exhibitor at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin in both 1988 and 1989.



Barbara von Seida receives an award at the 2015 Hibiscus & Bays Art Awards.

Barbara von Seida is awarded Supreme Winner at the 2015 Waikato Society of Arts Members Exhibition.