Born at Tjiturrunya west of the Kintore Ranges in Western Australia, Ronnie was initiated into manhood in Winparku, near Lake Mackay. After prolonged droughts in the 1950's he and his family moved, first to Haasts Bluff, then to Pupunya. Ronnie Tjampitjinpa commenced painting in about 1975 after he observed the Papunya painting movement. Since moving to Walungurru, in the early 1980's he has emerged as one of Papunya Tula's major artists. Ronnie Tjampitjinpa's art is a good representation of the characteristic Pintupi style: repetition of forms, which are geometric, simple and bold, and pigments that are oftern restricted to four basic colours, black, red, yellow and white. But Ronnie experiments with other colours as well.
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was the winner of the 1988 Alice Springs Art Prize and is shown in numerous major public and private galleries worldwide. He is married to Mary Brown Napangardi and currently spends his time between Alice Springs and his home in Kintore.
Ronnies dreamings are, Fire Dreaming, Tingari Dreaming and Water Dreaming.
extract: Birnberg, M. & Kreczmanski, J.B. (2004) Aboriginal Artists Dictionary of Biographies. Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region. J.B. Publishing Australia. Marleston, South Australia.