Maringka Baker

Maringka Baker

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DOB: c.1952
Born: Kaliumpil, WA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pitjantjatjara

Maringka is a highly sought after senior Pitjantjatjara artist. She lives in Kanpi, a remote community 100kms east of the tri-state borders of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Maringka was born c.1952 at Kaliumpil, the site of a rock hole and a traditional camping area in Western Australia. Maringka's parents died when she was young and she was raised by Anmanari Brown and members of her extended family.

She started school at the Warburton mission in Western Australia, but ran away and travelled with her brother to Ernabella in South Australia. Maringka then moved to Fregon where she finished her schooling and began teaching. She received her certificate in health and worked at the Irruntji community clinic. She now works and lives mainly at Kanpi in South Australia with her husband.

Maringka's works are in a number of major public and private collections. She was one of two Central Desert artists represented in the NGA's inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial Culture Warriors exhibition, which toured nationally and to the US. Maringka has a deep connection to country and a spiritual connection with the land. These powerful links to the desert are expressed with beauty and integrity in her paintings. There is a great refinement in her composition, and her meticulous dot work results in some spectacular artworks that are attention-grabbing and engaging.


  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Araluen Collection, Alice Springs
  • Pat Corrigan Collection, Sydney
  • Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice
  • Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton VIC
  • Australian National University, Canberra
  • Harriett & Richard England Collection
  • Lagerberg-Swift Collection, Perth
  • Levi & Kaplan Collection, Seattle, USA
  • Marshall Collection, Adelaide
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • South Australian Art Gallery, Adelaide
  • University of Canberra, Canberra

Awards and Recognition

2018 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Finalist
2009 26th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Private Collection | Private View: One Collector's Passion & Soul, Cooee Art, Redfern
2021 The Women's Show | 15th Anniversary Exhibition, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2020 From Little Things Big Things Grow, Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
2019 The Sun - Curated by Gina Mobayed, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn
2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2018 Nganampa Ngura Kurunjara - The Place of Our Spirit, Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2011 Tjungu Palya 2011, Short St Gallery, Broome
2011 Western APY Lands, ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany
2011 TJungu Palya- Masterpieces, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2011 Ngura Tjukuritja - A Dreaming Place, Marshall Arts, Adelaide
2011 Intangibles in Terra Australis, Flinders University City Gallery, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide
2011 Green, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2010 Melbourne Art Fair, Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Melbourne, Victoria
2010 Intangibles in Terra Australis, Sala kubo-kutxa in association with Marshall Arts, San Sebastian, Spain
2010 Etched in the Sun - Prints by Indigenous Australians with Basil Hall Editions, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
2010 Partnerships, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2010 Tjukurpa Pulkatjara - the power of the law, South Australian Museum, Adelaide
2010 Tjungu Palya Survey Show, Short St Gallery, Broome
2010 Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2009 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs
2009 Wanampinku Munu Kalayaku Ngura, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2009 Kulini Ngura- Knowing Country, Short St Gallery, Broome
2009 26th Telstra NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin
2009 Tjukurpa Wirunya Kanyini, Aboriginal & Pacific Arts Gallery, Sydney
2009 Tali Tjintiri - Tjintiri Munu Kapi Tjukula, Tjungu Palya Print show, Nomad Gallery, Reflection Room, Darwin
2009 Masterstroke Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth
2009 Anangu Backyard, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
2009 Etched in the Sun with Basil Hall Editions & Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2008 Tjukurpa Kunpu, Marshall Arts, Adelaide
2008 Tjungu Palyaku Warka Nyuwana, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2008 Manta Nyangatja Pitjantjatjara, Short St Gallery, Broome
2008 Iwara Mantangkara - Land Lines, Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth
2008 Womens Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Tjukurpa KUtjupa KUtjupa Tjuta, Aboriginal & Pacific Arts Gallery, Sydney
2007 Walytja Marshall Arts, Adelaide
2007 Culture Warriors, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2007 Uwankara Ngura Palya, Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth
2007 Celebration' Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2007 Skin to Skin, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra
2007 Desert Masterclass, South Australian Museum (Marshall Arts), Adelaide
2006 Anangu Backyard, Adelaide Festival Centre
2006 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs
2006 Nganampa Tjukurpa Nganampa Ngura, Marshall Arts, Adelaide
2006 Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
2006 Minyma Kutjara KUtjara, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Tjukurpa Mantatja Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth
2005 Art from the APY Lands Marshall Arts, Adelaide
2005 New work from the APY Lands, South Australian Museum, Adelaide