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Marie Ryder


Marie Ryder grew up at Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte) community, 80 kilometres Southeast of Alice Springs with her eight younger brothers and sisters. Her mother is Therese Ryder, a highly respected illustrative and landscape artist. Marie is married to Kevin Bird Mpetyane (grandson of Ada Bird Petyarre) and lives happily with their three children in Kevin’s country in the Utopia Region, Northeast of Alice Springs. Marie also has another two children from her first marriage.

Marie first put paint to canvas when she was in her early 20’s. As a child, she watched her mother painting, observing her techniques and from this developed her own style. Her paintings are a celebration of the bush foods from Central Australia. They are highly representational using rich colours to depict her country. Her work is held in many private collections both interstate and overseas. Her work has also been represented in many group exhibitions

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
Group Exhibitions

1999 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs

2000 Bush Foods: Therese Ryder & Marie Ryder, Mbantua Gallery

2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR

2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR

2003 Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank in conjunction
with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA

2003 Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR USA

2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville,
Hartford, Greenwich, New York and Philadelphia

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