Nikkita Nangala Sampson was born in 1993 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She was born to Herman and Anna Marie Sampson and has two sisters. Both her mother and Grandmother paint with Warlukurlangu Artists. Nikkita attended the local school in Yuendumu before finishing her schooling at Warowa Aboriginal College in Melbourne. Worawa Aboriginal College provides a holistic education and boarding experience for young Aboriginal women in the middle years of Schooling (Years 7-10). When she finished school in 2009 she returned to Yuendumu where she worked for the Age Care. Nikkita is a single mum and has a son born in 2012.
Nikkita began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, in 2011. She paints her parents’Jukurrpa (Dreamings) in particular Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) from her father’s side and Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming) from her mother’s side. These stories have been passed down over the generations for millennia and relate directly to the land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. Nikkita began painting when she saw the other girls painting. “Í like the patterns and the stories.” Nikkita uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.
When Nikkita is not painting or looking after her son she likes to go hunting for honey ants with her friend Leah.