Bernadine Kemarre was born in 1974 in the Ltyentye Apurte Community (Santa Teresa), approx. 80km east of Alice Springs, Northern Territory and had a traditional upbringing before attending school in Alice Springs.
Bernadine comes from a family of famous artists including Abie Loy and Josie Petrick Kemarre that have emerged from the Utopia area in the NT. Her sister-in-law is Anna Price Petyarre, one of the most sort after Central Desert artists. She learnt from a young age the art of painting her Dreamings, ceremonies and important bush foods and medicines onto canvas.