Nakamarra (Joan) Mandigalli

Warlayirti Artists (Balgo)

Nakamarra was born in Gordon Downs in 1956. Both her parents were painters, Nakamarra learned her painting technique and knowledge of Country through stories told by her mother, Ngardi woman Maudi Mandigalli.

Nakamarra grew up between schooling at the Old Balgo mission and life on the station at Gordon Downs. She moved back to live in Balgo permanently in the eighties when her children came of schooling age.

Nakamarra is an active member of the Balgo community, having spent her time over the past three decades growing up her six children, and being employed by Wirrimanu Council, Nakamarra looks after the aged care centre in Balgo.