Roxella Napangardi Marshall was born in 1990 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She is the daughter of Elanore Napangardi Wayne and granddaughter of Maisie Napurrurla Wayne, a well-respected artist who also paints with Warlukurlangu Artists. Roxella attended the local primary school in Yuendumu and Kormilda College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Darwin. While at school she loved art, reading and playing basketball. When she came back home she worked as a Supervisor at the Yuendumu Swimming Pool.
She began painting when she was 10 years old, attending workshops at Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, during the school holidays. In 2013 Roxella began painting regularly, “It keeps me busy and I enjoy myself.” She paints her Grandmother’s Marmikij Jukurrpa (Conkerberry Dreaming), Lukarrara Jukurrpa (Desert Fringe-rush Seed), and Ngurlu Jukurrpa (Native Seed Dreaming). These Dreamings relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it and have been passed down to her by her parents and their parents before them for millennia.
Roxella is now married to Derek Japanangka Kunoth.