Rona Rubuntja was born in 1970 in Hermannsburg and is the niece of famous watercolourist Wenten Rubuntja.
Born deaf, Rona’s parents decided to school her in Alice Springs, where she attended St Mary’s and then went to boarding school at Yirara College, where she was supported to learn Auslan (Australian sign language).
Rona’s teachers at Yirara recall that she excelled in the arts and crafts, especially figutive drawing and landscape painting.
After she completed her schooling, Rona returned to Hermannsburg to live and joined the Hermannsburg Potters in 1998. She has since established herself as one of the prominent members of the group, working everyday at the studio, and participating in over 20 Exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. Her works are held in most major Australian institutions.
Rona’s joyous style is distinctive, humours and imaginative, and her story telling ability comes across most strongly in her figurative work. She remains inspired by contemporary life in Ntaria, and include depictions of cattle and brumbies roaming country, heading out to the outstation in a Toyota, and collecting bush tucker with her extended family.