Birth Place: Ernabella
Region: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yangkunytjatjara (APY) Lands
Mother's Country: Wingellina, WA
Renita was born at Ernabella Mission in 1962. She has lived there all her life, attending the mission school and following her mother, Tjariya, into the ‘craft room’ upon leaving school. She has one son, Ngunytjima, who works in the ceramics studio. The oldest of five children, Renita and her siblings spent much of their time growing up out at their parents homeland, Tjalyritja, in times when the homeland (outstation)
movement was stronger.
Renita has traveled overseas and participated in batik workshops in Indonesia in Yogjakarta. She has exhibited widely around Australia, in the mediums of batik, painting and ceramics. Renita’s distinctive artwork draws from traditional mark making while being her own visual interpretation of her stories.
As well as her full time arts career, Renita is strongly involved with the church and Ernabella Choir, in particular the singing of hymns in Pitjantjatjara at regular gatherings at Ernabella. She has written and recorded her own songs, and is a keyboardist. Renita was amongst the new and younger choir members
who traveled to Adelaide to perform as part of the 2004 Festival. Renita sings in the 2011 ABC TV documentaries, 'No Ordinary Mission' and 'Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji'. In 2012 she was in the stage show of 'Ngapartji Ngaprtji' at Canberra Playhouse Theater.
Renita was Chairperson of Ernabella Arts in 2006 and 2007 and has been Anangu Mayatja since 2009. Renita is also on the Governing Council of Ernabella Anangu School and is a widely respected woman.
National Gallery of Australia, 1980, 1998
Art Gallery of South Australia, 1991, 2004
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 1994
National Gallery of Victoria, 1994, 1994, 2008
National Museum of Australia,1994, 2004
Dreamtime Gallery, Florida, USA, 1997
National Museum of Scotland, Scotland, UK, 2008
Araluen Arts Center, 2011