David Miller was born out bush, east of Kalka, South Australia. His parents first took him to Pukatja (Ernabella), later he grew up in Curtin Springs and became a farmhand as a young adult. He worked on Curtin Springs Station until he moved to Orinda community and later to Manguna community in the Northern Territory. Finally, he returned to the APY Lands and settled in Kanpi. He became a member and director of the original Tjungu Palya studios. In 2016, he resigned from Tjungu Palya and moved to Kalka Community, and became the community’s Chairperson. In the same year, he joined Ninuku Arts and is still an active member of the board.