Albert Namatjira
Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira, born Elea Namatjira, was a Western Aranda-speaking Aboriginal artist from the western MacDonnell Ranges in Australia.

Born: July 28, 1902, Hermannsburg
Died: August 8, 1959, Alice Springs
Language Group: Western Arrernte
Skin: Kngwarreye
Tribal Name: Tonanga
Nationality: Australian
Artwork: Central Australian Landscape, Flowering Shrubs, More


Albert Namatjira, born Elea, the first son of Namatjira and Ljukutja of the Arrernte Tribe at the Hermannsburg mission on the 28th of July 1902. Three years later on Christmas Eve 1905 he was baptized and given the name, Albert, in the same ceremony his parents were given the names, Jonathon and Emilie. It was not customary for Western Arrernte people to have a second name. For this reason Alberts first paintings were signed, Albert. It was not until Albert started exhibiting that it was thought appropriate for him to have a second name. He took his fathers original name and signed his works, Albert Namatjira.