Aboriginal Artist Tanya Bird Mpetyane

Tanya Bird Mpetyane

Born: 1981

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ilkawerne, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Ahakeye (Bush Plum), Alpar (Rat-tail Plant), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Ayara Seed

Tanya is the daughter of artists Paddy Bird (deceased) and Eileen Bird. Her grandmother is the late Ada Bird Petyarre, a highly respected senior artist from Utopia. Tanya grew up surrounded by the habitual routine of painting and first began painting herself as an early teenager. Ada, who passed away in 2009, was a strong influence in this; Tanya was very close to her grandmother. In 2010, Tanya began using black, grey and white designs to depict her subjects.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs


2013 Finalist – The 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)