Born around 1944, Nanyuma Napangati was born in Kiwirkurra, Western Australia. Kiwirrkurra is a small community in Western Australia in the Gibson Desert.
Nanyuma is the sister of Charlie Tjapangati, also a painter. Their father had three wives and was the older brother of well known Papunya Tula Artist Pinta Pinta Tjapanangka. Nanyuma is also closely related to the late Kanya Tjapangati, who passed away in 2006, through the same father but a different mother.
Nanyuma began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1990. In 1999 she was one of the artists involved in the Kiwirrkurra Women’s Painting project, which was auctioned to raise money for the Renal Unit at Kintore, an Aboriginal Community in the Western Desert. Nanyuma is a Pintupi senior law woman and depicts designs associated with women’s ceremonies.
Nanyuma depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Wirrulnga, east of Kiwirrkurra.