Nyilyari Tjapangati

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DOB: c. 1965

Nyilyari was born around 1965 and is the second son of well known Papunya Tula artist Pinta Pinta Tjapanangka and the younger brother of Matthew Tjapangati. Nyilyari did not begin to paint on a regular basis until 2004.

He usually depicts designs associated with the salt lake site of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). In ancestral times, a large group of Tingari men visited this site on their travels towards the east. This is a site that was commonly referred to in his father's paintings, however Nyilyari has developed a unique minimalistic style that is very distinctive.


  • Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice
  • Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, USA

Awards and Recognition

2013 30th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2009 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin - Finalist


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021 50 Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2021 Papunya Tula: 50 years 1971-2021, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2020 Community XI, Utopia Art, Sydney
2020 Pintupi Masters - Enduring Dreamings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Director's Choice 2020, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2018 Papunya Tula Artists: Visual Rhythm II, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin