Walangkura Napanangka was born about 1940 in the bush at Tjiturulnga, west of Walungurru (Kintore) in the Gibson Desert, near the Western Australia/Northern Territory border. Her family was amongst a group of Pintupi people who made their way to the Ikuntji settlement (Haasts Bluff) in 1956.
Her mother, Inyuwa Nampitjinpa and sister, Pirrmangka Napanangka, both deceased were also painters. Her father was Tutuma Tjapangati. Walangkura began her painting career through participating in the historic Kintore-Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project 'Minyma Tjukurrpa' in 1995. Her paintings exude a powerful energy, recreating the ceremonial sites and creation stories associated with the Tjukurrpa of her Pintupi homelands.
Her work is held in the National Gallery of Victoria and Artbank collections. In January 2007, Walangkura Napanangka was included in the Australian Art Collector's list of the 50 most collectable artists for the first time. Highest Auction Price - $72,000 .
Although she has been showing regularly, Walangkura is, in the opinion of Reg Richardson: "an artist of stellar quality, destined for the big time. She may already be there."