Robert Macdonald

Born: Lincolnshire, England.

Lives: Brecon, Wales.



London Central School of Arts and Crafts.

Royal College of Art, London.


See some of Robert Macdonald's work in public collections on the Art UK website.


Robert trained as a journalist in New Zealand but studied painting and printmaking when he returned to Britain in 1958. He had early success in 1960 when one of his first etchings was selected for a prestigious exhibition of 25 British Printmakers shown in the USA. Since then his prints have been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally in Brussels, Holland, USA, Germany, Pakistan and New Zealand. His prints are held in a number of public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Robert Macdonald is also the author of the much-praised book on New Zealand and the Maori, ‘The Fifth Wind’ published by Bloomsbury in 1989 and illustrated with his own linocuts. His Welsh watercolours have won many awards.

In 2014 he became the first elected president of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and he is a past chair of the Welsh Group.