Gracie Kumbi was born in Darwin and resides at Daly River-Nauiyu Nambiyu Community. She attended the local school where the teachers taught her drawing. On completion of her primary she then went on to St John’s College in Darwin. She left St John’s to come back to the community where she started painting at the Women’s Center. Kumbi has a distinctive style that is unique to her. She creates patterns to compliment the painting. Kumbi’s three sisters are also well known artists in their own rights. She is a mentor to younger nieces and nephews. Gracie is now employed as the Indigenous Arts Coordinator at Merrepen Arts.


1988-2015 Merrepen Arts Festival, Nauiyu Daly River NT

2002 Indignart, Japan

2001-2003 Endirrlup Meeting Place, Darwin NT

1998 National Indigenous Heritage Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra ACT

1996 Paintings from the Daly River,  Raintree Gallery, Darwin NT

1994 11th National Aboriginal Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin NT

1992 Out of the Chrysalis, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney NSW

1989 Green River Dreams, Birrkumarri Gallery, Perth WA

1989 Songs from the River, Birrkumarri Gallery, Perth WA

1987 Paintings by the women of Nauiyu, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin NT


Northern Territory Conservation Commission

World Council of Churches

St Mary’s Cathedral Darwin

Merrepen Arts Gallery, Nauiyu NT

Darwin International Airport

Anglican Church Darwin

Museum of Cultural History, Norway