Rhoda Tjitayi

Artist Rhoda Tjitayi
Date of Birth 1969
Language Pitjantjatjara
Art Centre APY Studio Adelaide


Rhoda was born in Pukatja on the APY Lands in 1969. Rhoda's grandfather was from Nyapari and grandmother from Makiri, Tjala Minyma Ngura, a scared women’s place relating to the Honeyant. Rhoda is now based in Adelaide and began working at the APY Studio Adelaide in 2019.

Rhoda’s exquisite works depict Piltati Tjukurpa, an important cultural story learnt from her grandmother. Rhoda remembers visiting her grandmother and sitting with her while she painted. When Rhoda paints she says “I am remembering the story she passed on. I am painting this to pass it on to my children. I have learnt this story from my grandmother she put the story in my heart and it’s going out to my grandchildren. When she was painting, she would tell a story and sing.” Rhoda learnt how to dance and sing from her grandmother and is now teaching her daughter and her family. Rhoda says “I am happy to be painting my grandmother’s story.”

Rhoda has been included in numerous exhibitions at APY Gallery and most recently has been featured in the 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State at the Art Gallery of South Australia and 2022 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.




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