|Date of Birth:||29/10/1962|
|Father's Country:||Imalu Point, Melville Island|
|Skin Group:||March Fly|
Maria Josette Orsto born in Pirlangimpi was the first female artist of Munupi Art and Crafts association, where she continued to worked occasionally. The daughter of Jean Batiste Apuatimi and Declan Apuatimi, Maria Josette was taught painting and carving from a very early age. With her late husband a reputed carver, she was at the forefront of the art developments in the Tiwi Islands. An acclaimed artist she exhibited extensively Nationally and Internationally. A dedicated artist she worked in many media including painting, printing batik and carving. A strong cultural woman Maria Josette created contemporary works that bridge the old and the new through her own personal creative interpretation
Pupuni JilamaraDuring ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of ‘yoi’ (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person's Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative...