Athanasius Titus Renkaraka was a talented artist whose paintings are difficult to find. He painted a country with the totemic hills appearing to move gently. His gum trees sometimes appeared to be animate observers of the scene, which was portrayed. The artist used pencil outlining less than other Hermannsburg School painters, employing a 3 mm wide brush for drawing in paint with an emphatic painterly effect. He was a confident but not prolific painter
Athanasius Titus Renkaraka was the son of Titus and Esmeralde Renkaraka. He was Western Arrernte, Subsection (Skin) Ngale. He was born at Haasts Bluff when his father Titus was the leader of the Lutheran congregation. Titus kept the peace at Haasts Bluff and much intertribal fighting stopped. 
The Renkaraka/Ratara family group was the largest claimant group in the Palm Valley Land Claim no 48. The group is made up of the descendants of three apical ancestors, two brothers, Renkaraka and Ratara and a sister Kulta. Renkaraka, as the elder of the brothers, was the original leader of this group. His only son, Titus (father of Athanasius), spent a good deal of his time away from Hermannsburg doing evangelical work for the Lutherans at Haasts Bluff.
Hence leadership of the group (in the traditional sense) eventually passed to the Ratara line, through Ratara’s son, Abel, and grandson, Kristoph, to his great grandson, Norman. Norman, born in 1935, also became a fine watercolour artist, as described above.
Note: The surname appears as both Renkeraka and Renkaraka. The artist signed as Renkaraka and this spelling is used throughout this discussion.
No paintings by Athanasius Renkaraka have been found in public collections so far. The artist appears to have started to paint in the early 1960s – say about 1960. On 30.6.1966 on the Census of Wards he was at Alice Springs at ‘Mission Block’. He was aged 45 when he died.