A native of Germany, he lived in New Zealand and the United States, gaining recognition as a portrait and landscape painter wherever he resided.
Tensfeld (also Tensfield or Tensfeldt) received his art training in Germany and seems to have arrived in New Zealand circa 1865/1866. Several excerpts from local publications indicate that he worked as an artist and participated in events as an active member of his community:
"At an amateur concert Mr Tensfeldt and others sung "Banish Oh Maiden" he also sung Lanner's German song, "The Tambour" and Weber's "Lutzow's Wild Hunt". - Grey River Argus, Issue 110, 25 September 1866, Page 2
"We have inspected an oil color painting of the Grey River from the shipping
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