- Born 12 March 1908, in Hastings - full name Henrietta Catherine Angus.
- Studied painting at the Canterbury School of Art, Christchurch, and at the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland.
- Married artist Alfred Cook in 1930, but marriage lasted only four years. Rita's work from 1930-46 was signed "Rita Cook", but she changed her name by deed poll to Henrietta Catherine McKenzie (father's middle name). Still known as Rita Angus.
- Taught painting, and illustrated for The Press during the 30s and 40s, but suffered from mental illness off and on.
- Helped establish a distinctly New Zealand style of painting and landscape in the 1930s and 40s, along with Toss Woollaston and Colin McCahon, by using clear, sharply-defined lines and colours, but developed her own distinctive and personal style.
- Well-known works include
- Cass (1936)
- Head of a Māori boy (1938)
- Portrait of Betty Curnow (1942)
- Sun goddess (1949)
- Self-portrait (1966)
- Her self-portraits (55 altogether) show different stages in her life, including the break-up of her marriage.
- She died on 25 January 1970.
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