Charlie Tjapangati was born in c.1949 at Palinpalintjanya, north west of Juniper Well. In 1964 as a fully initiated young man he moved with his family to Papunya, where he work in construction of the settlement in exchange for rations.
Influenced by the older men painting for Papanya Tula, Tjapangati began painting in 1978. Stories from the Tingari cycle were his usual subjects, including the monumental canvas now in the collection of the National Museum of Australia.
In 2000 Tjapangati travelled to Sydney with a group of four men from Kiwirrkurra to make a ground painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the opening of Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius.And his work is included in several major collections worldwide.