Ronnie Tjamapitjinpa has emerged over the years as one of the Papunya regions finest painters mastering the signature geometric paint style of the Papunya art movement.
Born circa 1943 near Muyinnga approximately 100 kilometres from Kintore in Western Australia, Ronnie lived a traditional life growing up. Ronnie and his family travelled extensively throughout the Pintupi country with Ronnie settling during the 1950's in Yumari, very close to his birthplace, to undertake his initiation into manhood, a tradition of Aboriginal culture.
Shortly after, due to the severe drought conditions, Ronnie and his family relocated to Haasts Bluff and later to Papunya where Ronnie, like many, entered the work force as a fence builder. Yet in 1971 when the Papunya art movement began Ronnie tried his own hand at painting and became unequivocally committed. Ronnie migrated bewteen Papunya, Yuendumu and Mt Doreen station shaping and cementing his artistic style.
What came to significantly inspire Ronnie artistically was his traditional Aboriginal culture, specifically his spirituality. As a result he moved with his family in 1981 to the newly established Kintore to the Walungurru community where he lived a traditional life. This spiritual connection, particularly with the land is constantly exuded in Ronnie's work. He often paints the Tingari cycle, a secret song cycle sacred to initiated men. The Tingari beings as they are called, travelled to different sacred sites performing ceremonies to initiate men.
Ronnie combines modern painting styles with ancient traditional culture creating a unique blend of colour and style. His geometrically repetitive shapes are bold and rich with signature basic colours black, red, white and yellow. He abides by the strict Pintupi style of circles adjoined together by lines. It is precisely Ronnie's simplistic painting style that draws patrons in to look beyond the simplicity and discover a deeper meaning.
Upon Ronnie's first experiences with Aboriginal Art he became instantly committed. His dedication and perseverance to his artistic endeavours since is something to be admired. He was first exhibited in the 1970's as part of the Papunya Tula Art movement and continues to be a stand out feature of many private and public collections to date.