Makinti Napanangka was born c 1930 in the Lake MacDonald region (Karrkurritinytja). She is a Pintupi speaker and began painting in the mid-1990s. Makinti's work incorporates designs associated with the travels of the Kungka Kutjarra (two travelling women). These women travelled across the desert during the Dreamtime and feature in many stories painted by the Pintupi, Warlpiri and Pitjatjantjarra groupings. Makinti shows us the nomadic travelling lines and also depicts in her work the swirling hair string skirts worn by women during ceremonies.
Makinti, with her distinctive style, was rated as one of the 50 most collectable artists in Australia in the March 2003 issue of "Australian Art Collector" magazine. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including “Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius” at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000. Her work is represented in many major public and private collections in both Australia and overseas.
Aboriginal Galleries of Australia
Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery
National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Queensland Art Gallery
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Shell Aboriginal Art Fund
1997 14th Telstra NATSIAA
2001 20th Telstra NATSIAA, finalist
2008 25th Telstra NATSIAA, Winner