Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi - Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

b. 1943, Tjiturrunya, Western Australia

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was born in 1943 at Tjiturrunya, Western Australia. He subsequently lived at Haasts Bluff until the community centre at Papunya was established in 1960. He first began painting in 1971, although he worked intermittently until his art gained attention in the late 1980s. When he is not painting, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa spends much of his time travelling around his Kintore homelands.

His artistic evolution from tightly constructed dot and circle painting to vibrant line designs has ensured him an international reputation. His paintings were selected for the exhibition Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert held in Moscow and St Petersburg in 1991 as well as for Le Voci della Terra, at the Galleria Gottardo, in Lugano, Switzerland in 1994. He was also included in the groundbreaking retrospective exhibition, Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 2000. He is the current chairperson for the Papunya Tula Artists Co-operative.

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa is represented in the Collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and the Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Paris.

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