Simon Japangardi Fisher was born in 1959 in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. Simon attended the local Yuendumu School followed by further studies at Northern Territory University, Darwin (now Charles Sturt University) graduating with a Master of Arts in Anthropology. In the 90’s he worked for the Department of Education at Yuendumu and since 1999 he has been working for PAW Media and Communications, as Cultural Project Officer, and is responsible for archiving media. His work involves researching, collecting and recording rare artworks, photos, and video tapes pertaining to Warlpiri, Kaytetye, Anmatjerre and Pintubi people. His job takes him around Australia.
Simon is married to Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja who also paints with Warlukurlangu Artists. They have four children, two sons and two daughters and one grandchild.
Simon has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 1994, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu. However his studies have always taken priority and it is only in the past few years that he has been able to dedicate his time to his artwork. Simon paints his Pikilyli Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings passed down from his family for millennia, which relate directly to his land, its features and animals. He also likes to explore and experiment with different styles of artistic expression, hence his interest in media and new ways of telling stories.
Simon is very committed to his culture and tradition and in recognising the history of Indigenous art and how it can inform new ways of working while retaining a strong sense of sacredness of place and song in his culture.