Maisie Nungarrayi Ward was born in 1975 in Papunya, located 168 km south east of Nyirripi. and roughly 240 km northwest of Alice Springs. She went to Kintore School before going to Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Alice Springs. When she finished school, she returned home to look after her little sisters.
She began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, in 2014. She paints her father’s Kurrkara Jukurrpa (Desert Oak Dreaming), stories passed down over thousands of years and related to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. “When I do that painting . . . like it makes me feel happy.”
She lives in Nyirripi with her partner Donald Brown. When she is not painting she likes to play sport.