Mavis was born at New Haven. She is the sister of Ronnie Tjampitjinpa and Smithy Zimmerman Tjampitjinpa. Her sisters Yuyuwa Nampitjinpa and Gina Nampitjinpa are from the same birth mother and father (Tjangala). She enjoys traveling to Kintore to visit her familly. Mavis, was born in 1950. She paints ceremonial dancing of women at Mt Leibig (body paint designs), as well as the story given to her by her maternal grandfather, the Water Dreaming. Her daughter, Sylvana Marks, is also an artist.