Aboriginal Artist Marie Ryder

Marie Ryder

Born: 1966

Language Group: Eastern Arrernte

Country: Santa Teresa area, South East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Linen and Paper, Decorative Craft

Subjects: Variety of Bush foods, Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Owls

Marie Ryder grew up at Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte) community, 80kms southeast of Alice Springs with her eight younger brothers and sisters. Her mother is Therese Ryder, a highly respected illustrative and landscape artist. Marie is married to Kevin Bird Mpetyane (grandson of Ada Bird Petyarre) and lives happily with their children in Kevin's country in the Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs. Marie also has another two children from her first marriage.

Marie first put paint to canvas when she was in her early 20's. As a child, she watched her mother painting, observing her techniques and from this developed her own style. Her paintings are a celebration of the bush foods from Central Australia. They are highly representational using rich colours to depict her country.

Her work is held in many private collections both interstate and overseas. Her work has also been represented in many group exhibitions.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs


1999 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2000 Bush Foods: Therese Ryder & Marie Ryder, Mbantua Gallery
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery', Portland OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich, New York and Philadelphia