Richard is the son of Balgo artist Lucy Yukenbarri, and step-son of Helicopter Tjungurrayi. Lucy was pregnant with Richard as she walked north along the Canning Stock Route. He was born at Parnkupiti creek, which runs into Lake Gregory, and he grew up on Balgo mission. He now lives in Kiwirrkurra with his wife, Takariya, who was one of the last people to leave a traditional desert life in 1984.
Richard's paintings relate to Kalyuyangku which is the flat Country east of the Canning Stock Route between Kunawarritji [Well 33] and Jupiter Well. My father's Country. Tingari Country and also Wati Kutjarra [Two Men] place. The Wati Kutjarra were cousinbrothers, Tjampitjin and Tjapaljarri, travelling north-east.
Richard's paintings were included in the Canning Stock Route Exhibition which toured Australia from 2010 to 2013 and was curated by the Australian Museum.