Gloria Tamerre Petyarre was born near Utopia in 1945 and is a spokeswoman for the Anmatyerre people. She is married to the artist Ronnie Price Mpetyane and has four sisters – Ada Bird Petyarre, Violet Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre, and Kathleen Petyarre – who are all artists.
Gloria Tamerre Petyarre fi rst became known as an artists for her contributions to the Utopia Batik Exhibition which toured Australia and overseas from 1977 to 1987. She began using acrylic paint on canvas in 1988, because it gave her greater freedom of expression and simultaneously better control over the results.
Her first canvases were created as part of a Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) art project. In 1990 she travelled with the exhibiton „Utopia – A Picture Story“ to Dublin, London and also to India. Today, Gloria is a very well known and respected artist.
In 1999 she became the fi rst contemporary Aboriginal artist to win the important „Wynne Prize for Landscape“ of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. Her fi rst solo show was in 1991 and since then she has had many exhibitions, including in New York.