Wayne Seyb was born in Temuka in 1961. After leaving Temuka high school he worked as a caster for New Zealand Insulators. He then attended the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 1980. Following this in 1981 he opened an art gallery called Art Attack which he believed would give young artists a place to gather and the public a place to view their work.
Forestry work, cemetery groundsman, fruit picking followed. His gestural way of approaching painting may in some ways be attributed to his grounding in manual work. This is as much a part of his identity as his artistic heritage. In 1982 he married Allyson Stafford and has a daughter Stella and a son Luke. In 1993 he had a one-man exhibition in Munich, Germany and traveled to Germany again with his family in 1997.After living for nine years at Karitane, north of Dunedin, he moved with his family to Christchurch in 1999.
Keenly aware of the tradition of New Zealand painting from van der Velden onwards, his appetite for painting is voracious.
“Seyb is a talented artist who is sincere and brings a great deal of integrity to his work. He combines application with imagination and intuition to produce paintings that are powerful statements.”
Elizabeth Caldwell - August 1988