Kayi Kayi Nampitjinpa was born in 1946 at Kiwirkurra, northwest of Alice Springs. Today she lives in Kintore, with other painters of the Pintupi community. Together with her family she moved here in the 80s when many Pitupi from the Papunya reserve returned to their traditional living areas. Although she is already in her sixties, Kayi Kayi is regarded a young artist, especially since she only began painting in 1996. She is part of a second generation of female artists, most of whom already had many years of experience assisting the first generation of male painters from Papunya. These women started to emerge from the shadows of the men in the second half of the 80s and developed a sophisticated, unique and refined style. Kayi Kayi has the custodial rights to paint the sacred and secret Tingari Dreamings (stories) relating to her country Kiwirkurra. The Tingari were a group of mythical creatures from the Dreamtime who traveled vast stretches of desert, performed sacred rituals, taught law and shaped and created particular features in the landscape. The distinct style of Kayi Kayi gives these stories a unique perspective. She paints primarily rock hole dreamings and places and ceremonies associated with women.
2018 'East meets West', SmithDavidson Gallery, Okt - Dec, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 'Papunya Tula Women's Art', Maitland Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
Selected group exhibitions:
2010 'Ngurrakutu - Going Home', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2007 'Parcours des Mondes', Galerie Arts d'Australie, Paris, France.
2006 'Land Marks', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2006 'Narratives Preceding All Memory', Burg Vischering, Luedinghausen, Germany.
2002 'Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting', Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
2002 'Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting', Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia.
2001 'Dreamscapes-Contemporary Desert Art', Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
2001 'Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting', The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2000 'Pintupi Women', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2000 17th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
1999 16th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Northern Territory, Australia.
1999 'Twenty Fove Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting', Flinders University Art Museum, Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia, Australia.
Born in Kiwirkurra on November 30th, 1945