Clans: Kaytetye, Warlpiri, Warumung

Sonya Murphy Napaljarri was born in Alice Springs in 1982. From her father’s side, she belongs to the Warumungu language group and from her mother’s the Warlpiri and Kaytetye language groups. Murphy grew up with her grandmother, mostly in Ali Curung but spending some time in nearby Mungkarta, 90km south-west of Tennant Creek.

Murphy is an emerging leader in the community and an important member of Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre, serving as both a studio assistant in the ladies’ studio and a director of the corporation. She has exhibited at multiple Desert Mob shows in Alice Springs, at Japingka art gallery in Fremantle and was a finalist of the 2022 National Capital Art Prize.