Sylvaria Napurrurla Walker was born in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to the Utopia Homelands which are located 220 km northeast of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Sylvaria is the granddaughter to Topsy Pwerle Jones and the niece of Joycelyn Petyarre Jones, both well-known artists from Utopia. Sylvaria use to watch her grandmother paint when she was very young and listen to her Grandmother’s Jukurrpa or Dreaming stories. Sylvaria grew up in Utopia and attended her local school, completing her schooling at the age of 16. When she finished school she worked in child care for her local community. Sylvaria is now living in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 kms from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory with her husband Sebastian Japananga Williams and their son.
Sylvaria began working with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, in 2014. She paints her grandmother’s Jukurrpa (Red Mallee Flower Dreaming), dreamings which have been passed down over the millennia. Sylvaria’s feathery style of painting is influenced by the style of her aunties and grandmother.
When Sylvaria is not painting or looking after her young son she likes to go hunting with her family.