Cindy Nampijinpa Mandijarra was born in 1994, in Derby, a town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 926 km from Wirrimanu (Balgo), a remote aboriginal community located on the boundary between the Great Sandy Desert and the Tanami Desert of central and Western Australia. She spent her early years in Wirrimanu Balgo, where her father and grandmother live and in Halls Creek, a town in Western Australia, where her mother lives. Her Grandma is Lena Mandijarra, who paints with Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation located in the small Indigenous community of Wirrimanu (Balgo). Cindy attended school in both Balgo and Halls Creek. When she finished school, she worked at the Clinic in Balgo.
Cindy often visits her extended family and friends in Yuendumu. When she visits she enjoys painting with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre. She paints her grandmother’s Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), stories that have been passed down to her by her parents and their parents before them for millennia.
When Cindy is not working or painting she plays basketball with friends.