Betty Kuntiwa Pumani | Artist Profile

Details of Betty Kuntiwa Pumani


Betty was born in the bush near Perentie Bore, about 30 kms from Mimili Community. Her mother is Kunmanara (Milatjari) Pumani (dec) and her father is Sam Pumani (dec). Sam’s country is near Watarru on the APY Lands. Betty’s grandparents on Milatjari’s side are King Everard (Nyapi) and her grandmother was Mantjangka Everard. Betty has three brothers, Ken, Luey, Apada, and a sister, Ngupulya. They all live in Mimili. Betty is married to Litja Brown from Mimili and they have two children together, Marina and Max. Betty worked at the Mimili store then at the Mimili clinic as a ngangkari healer. Later she was a teacher at Mimili Anangu School. She began painting at Mimili Maku in 2007. Betty’s paintings depict her mother’s country Antara, a ceremonial site in north-west of Mimili community.

Antara country that protects Maku tjukurpa is beautiful. It is surrounded by waterholes, sandhills and rocky mountains which Anangu still visit today.

Betty regularly paints the country that surrounds Antara. She has developed a hybrid style of traditional iconography and figurative, a painterly language which is fresh and lively.


2017 Winner, Wynne Prize
2016 Winner, NATSIAA 2016 Telstra General Painting Award
2015 Winner, NATSIAA 2016 Telstra General Painting Award


2017 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
2017 Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2017 Artists of the APY Lands, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2016 Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, NSW
2016 Desert Mob 2016, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2016 Nyakula Kulini: Look, Listen, Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2016 Finalist NATSIAA 2016, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2016 Kantilya ngaranytjaku. Kuranyukutu nyakunytjaku, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2016 Tjilpi munu, Pampaku Tjukurpa Kunpu Kanyintjaku, RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs, NT
2015 Winner 2015 NAATSIA Painting Award, MGNT, Darwin, NT
2015 Finalist WA Indigenous Art Award, AGWA, WA
2014 Uwankara Nganana Mimili Maku Arts, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2014 Tjina Kuwaritja, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW
2014 Mimili Maku- Nganampa Wangka (our voice), Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
2014 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2013 Mimili Maku 2013, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River, WA
2013 Pira-Mimi, Outstation Gallery, Darwin NT
2013 Antara, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts Sydney, NSW
2013 APY Survey Show, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2013 Kinara Pulkapakani, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, NT
2012 Tjukurpa Kunpu, A.P. Bond Gallery, Adelaide SA
2012 Kapi Warku, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW
2012 Mimili Maku Alinytjara, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2012 Desert Mob, Araleun Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2012 Wapar – Yankunytjatjara Dreaming, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 2012 Ngura Puti (Bush Home) Redot Gallery, Singapore
2011 Mimili Maku Arts, A.P. Bond Gallery, Adelaide SA
2011 Tjukuritja Kunpu Kanyitjaku Exhibition, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney NSW
2011 SALA Robert Fielding and Betty Pumani, A.P. Bond Gallery, Adelaide SA
2011 Nganampa Painting-ku Nyuwana, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne,VIC
2011 Desert Mob, Araleun Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2010 Piiny- Piinypa Tjukurpa Exhibition, RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs NT
2010 Mimili Maku, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
The Corrigan Collection of Aboriginal Art
ArtBank Collection, Australian Government Art Rental
Kaplan and Levi Collection, Seattle, USA
Art international institution, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht

Artworks of Betty Kuntiwa Pumani

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