David Daymirringu Malangi (1927-1999), born in Central Arnhem Land, was a key figure in the contemporary Aboriginal art movement and Arnhem Land art. In his early years, he painted for ceremony and later painted for a growing audience outside of his tribal group. In 1979, he became a founding member of the Ramingining Arts and Crafts center, which enabled him to paint full time. During the 1970s and 1980s, he began to incorporate Gurrmirringu myth into his work and explore new compositional possibilities in individual paintings. His style is characterized by its rich natural pigments and iconic depictions of ancestral beings. He was one of the first Aboriginal artists to be included in the Sydney Biennale.