Maringka Baker

Born c1952
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Place of Birth: Kaliumpil
Community: Kanpi

Maringka Baker is a senior Pitjantjatjara artist who lives in the remote community settlement of Kanpi, located in South Australia 100km east of the tri state border between WA, NT and SA. She was born at Kaliumpil rock hole - a tradtional camping area in Western Australia out in the bush, no hospital then - c.1952. She lost her parents when she was young and spent much time with her brothers, being raised by Anmanari Brown and other members of her extended family. She started school at Warburton in W.A., but she ran away and travelled with her brother to Ernabella, in South Australia. They subsequently moved to Fregon where she finished her schooling and began teaching. Later Maringka obtained a certificate in health and worked at the Irrunytju community clinic, WA. She now lives with her husband - nephew of the late Jimmy Baker - in Kanpi.

Maringka Baker has been painting with Tjungu Palya since 2005.  and is included in public and private collections throughout Australia and internationally. She was selected for the inaugural Indigenous Art Triennial Culture Warriors at the National Gallery of Australia in 2007.

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