Chris Heaphy was born in New Zealand in 1965 and is of Ngai Tahu and European extraction. He attended Canterbury University's School of Fine Art, graduating in 1991 with a BFA in painting. In 1998 he graduated from the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia with an MFA in painting. Heaphy has been successful in securing a number of grants and fellowships including Te Waka Toi Grants in 1993 and 1994, the Olivia Spencer Bower Fellowship in 1995, two Creative New Zealand Grants in 1999, and a Research Grant from WINTEC which enabled him to undertake a residency at Melbourne’s RMIT University. In 2000-2001 Heaphy undertook a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, as well as the Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Residency in Champagne in 2001. Heaphy has exhibited extensively throughout Australasia and Europe and his work is included in major public and private collections in both New Zealand and overseas.