Nanyuma Napangati was born c.1940 in Kiwirrkurra country. She lost her father Mamutja (b.1899-1964) soon after one of Jeremy Long's Welfare branch patrols brought them to Papunya in 1964. Nanyuma's mother Nangatji Napurrula died in the early 70's. Nanyuma began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in June 1996.
In 1999, Nanyuma was one of the artists involved in the Kiwirrkurra Women's Painting project, which was auctioned to raise money for the Renal Unit at Kintore, an Aboriginal Community in the Western Desert. Nanyuma was one of a dozen women from Kiwirrkurra who travelled to Sydney in 2000 to dance in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Nanyuma is a Pintupi senior law woman and depicts designs associated with women's Ceremony at Marrapinti. Nanyuma is the sister to Charlie Tjapangati, Kanya Tjapangati and Bambutu Napangatii, all recognised artists. She is also mother in-law to George "Hairbrush" Tjungurrayi.
Collections ~ Art Gallery of NSW
~ The Kelton Foundation