Tony Lane was born in Katikati, New Zealand, in 1949. He graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts from ELAM School of Fine Arts, Auckland University in 1970, and moved to Wellington in 1974, where he was based for nearly 28 years. He was selected for the inaugural Moet and Chandon Award exhibition in 1989 and the following year he was awarded a Goethe Institute Scholarship. He spent this time in Berlin and concurrently worked in the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Kreuzberg. 1992-94 saw the international tour of Distance Looks Our Way: Ten Artists from New Zealand to the International Pavilion at Expo in Seville, the Conduque in Madrid and public galleries in Barcelona and Zamora, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. In 1995, Lane had a solo exhibition with Peter Bonnier Gallery in New York. In 1997 and 2006 in London, and in 1999 in Gstaad, Switzerland, he had solo shows with Dreamtime Gallery, London. In 2001 he had a solo exhibition with Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney, and in 2002 a solo exhibition with Galleria Camilla Hamm in Barcelona. In 2006, City Gallery, Wellington, held a survey exhibition of his work entitled 'Practical Metaphysics'. This was accompanied by an extensive catalogue. In 2007 and 2008 his paintings were part of an exhibition 'Ultramarte' that travelled to Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Hong Kong, as well as a number of venues in New Zealand. In 2008, also, the Tauranga City Gallery showed a survey exhibition entitled 'From Aongatete'. This exhibition toured throughout New Zealand public art galleries. He is currently represented by Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland and Black Barn Gallery, Havelock North. A number of catalogues of his paintings, including 'We Must Inhabit This Place' have been published recently by Blurb Books. In 2002, he moved from Wellington to Auckland. He lives there, as well as at his home in Campanet, Mallorca. His paintings are in many public and private collections in Europe, the United States and Australasia.