Born: Alice Springs, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pitjantjatjara
COMMUNITY: Kanpi, SA
Teresa Baker was born in Alice Springs in 1977 and grew up in Kanpi where she lived with her grandparents, the celebrated artist Jimmy Baker and his wife. At the time she was first in Kanpi, the community was in its early stages of development and had no houses. Later she moved to Fregon to live with her mother, artist Kay Baker. She completed her schooling in Fregon and in Adelaide. After leaving school, Teresa began working at a Kanpi school teaching Pitjanjara language.
Teresa started painting in 2005 at Tjungu Palya art centre where she was taught by her grandfather, Jimmy. Teresa is a talented and intuitive artist, whose paintings possess a great depth of expression. Many of her works depict the woman's creation figure, Marlilu.
Teresa is married with three children and currently spends her time between Alice Springs, Kanpi and her homelands at Watarru.
2017 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW - Finalist
2016 64th Blake Prize - Finalist
2016 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) - Finalist
2013 Kate Challis RAKA Award - Finalist