Peter Mungkuri OAM

Artist and cultural leader

SANomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Peter Mungkuri OAM is a celebrated South Australian artist who uses his art to share his lived experience as an Anangu man.

Born in 1946, Peter lived a traditional lifestyle before working on nearby cattle stations as a highly regarded stockman. He is now a dedicated artist, working daily at the Iwantja Arts Centre in Indulkana Community.

Peter’s work displays his knowledge of country and Anangu culture and his experiences working the land. His art has been acquired and exhibited by domestic and international institutions and collections including Art bank, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Foundation Opale, and the Art Gallery of NSW.

In 2017, Peter was the inaugural winner of the Hadley Landscape Art Prize. In 2018, he won the General Painting Award at the 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, and he was a finalist in the 41st Alice Prize: National Contemporary Art Awards in 2020.

Through his art and local engagement with younger generations, Peter helps ensure connection to country and cultural practice is preserved.