Mark Braunias was born in Tauranga, New Zealand. He lives and works in the small coastal village of Kawhia, and the nearby city of Hamilton. Braunias studied at the Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, graduating in 1987. He was the inaugural winner of the Wallace Art Award in 1992 and his work is held in major public, corporate and private collections in New Zealand and Overseas.
A well known contemporary painter, Braunias’ well crafted, irreverent and witty personal style has been showcased in public exhibitions at; City Gallery Wellington (1995), Robert McDougall Art Gallery Christchurch (1999), Auckland Art Gallery (2001), Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2002), Southland Museum and Art Gallery (2005), The Tauranga Art Gallery (2007), The Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui (2008), The Christchurch Art Gallery (2010). In 2011, Braunias was awarded a Fulbright/Wallace scholarship to take up a residency at the Headlands Centre for the arts in San Francisco. Braunias held his first solo exhibition with the Peter McLeavey Gallery in 1995.