Maath Maralngurra

Maath Maralngurra

Skin name: Nakamarrang
Language: Kunwinjku
Dreaming: Yirridjdja
Clan: Ngalangbali
Dance: Wurdyaw Djang
Date of birth: 1986-03-29
From: Kudjekbinj
Community: Oenpelli : NT
Outstation: Kudjekbinj



As a young man Maath lived and worked at Kabulwarnamyo, his mothers country, where he was involved in the Wardekken Ranger group which plays an integral role in the management of country in Western Arnhem Land. This intimate experience of country and the natural world is reflected in his work, which continues and develops the tradition of his late grandfather, Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek.

In 2009 he was part of a group exhibition titled ’30 Under 30: A New Generation of Indigenous Art’ at Indigenart in Melbourne and Subiaco. In December 2010 he was commissioned to paint a wall painting for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney as part of exhibition Bardayal Nadjamerrek AO (along with other members of his family).

Maath’s style combines bold shapes with extremely fine rarrk (hatching). His style is instantly recognisable, while still firmly within the rock art tradition that his country of Kabulwarnamyo is famous for. 

Group exhibitions

  • 2012 Manme Mayh: Gardens of the Stone Country, Nomad Gallery, Darwin NT
  • 2009 30 Under 30; A New Generation of Indigenous Art, Indigenart Melbourne and Subiaco


  • MCA commissioned wall painting for MCA Presents Bardayal Nadjamerrek ( with other Nadjamerrek children ) December 2010 to March 2011, 2010


  • Finalist, Works on paper category. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award., 2016