Maringka Burton was born near the site of the Anumara Tjukurpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), south of Irrunytju (Wingellina) in Western Australia. Maringka lived a traditional Anangu existence with her parents Charlie Tjalkuriny (Charlie Burton) and Naputja Yanyi (Yanyi Burton) and siblings before settling in Ernabella, where Maringka attended the Ernabella Mission school.
Maringka is a highly-regarded ngangkari (traditional healer), having been guided in this practice by her father Charlie Tjalkuriny. Maringka’s ngangkari work involves extensive travel and working alongside doctors and nurses to support Anangu patients in hospitals and clinics.
A respected senior artist, Maringka maintains a prolific practice across painting and tjanpi (native grass) weaving.