Iyawi was born in the bush near Ernabella in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands c1945. She attended the mission school at Ernabella before finding employment in the craft room, where traditional spinning skills were combined with new techniques to develop a small scale carpet making industry. Iyawi’s mother was a Yankunytjatjara women from Ernabella and he father was a Pitjantjatjara man from Pukara. Iyawi now lives in Nyapari with her husband Ginger Wikilyiri. Iyawi Wikilyiri paints Pukara, an important Tjukurpa for Wati Kutjara, the two serpent men. These wanampi’s are involved in creating landmarks across vast tracts of the desert from Pukara in the tri state border region of Western Australia. South Australia and the Northern Territory to the Western Australian coast .
Her vibrantly coloured works depict a relationship to country that is very much alive. They represent a spiritual dimension that is not confined to the past, but is still active between the land, plants, animals, the people and ancestral beings.
Tragically Iyawi passed away in 2016 but she has left behind a small collection of great work which is still available.