Marie Ryder was born in 1966 and grew up at Santa Teresa community, approx. 80 kilometres south east of Alice Springs. Marie is the eldest child of senior artist Therese Ryder and has eight younger brothers and sisters.
After watching her mother paint and observing her techniques Marie started painting when she was in her early 20’s and developed her own style. Her paintings are a celebration of the bush foods from Central Australia. They are highly representational using rich colours to depict her country.
Marie is married to artist Kevin Bird Mpetyane (grandson of the late Ada Bird Petyarre) and they live in Kevin’s country in the Utopia Region, NE of Alice Springs with their children and grandchildren.
Marie’s work is held in private collections both within Australia and overseas. She has also been represented in many group exhibitions.