1958 – Present
Wayne Alfred (b.1958) was born into the Kwakwaka’wakw ‘Namgis First Nation on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. Alfred is an artist whose defined and detailed work showcase both his own interpretation of his tribe’s traditional style, and that of masters who came before him. A close friend of fellow carver Beau Dick, Alfred began carving at a very young age. His talent that was immediately supported and encouraged by the elders in his community.
In addition to his talents as a carver, Alfred is also a respected dramatic ceremonial singer and dancer within his community. His steadfast commitment to his culture and the wealth of insight he holds in regards to Kwakwakwa’wakw myth and history, has set Alfred apart as an indispensable leader within his community.
Alfred has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions. His work is included in many important public and private collections worldwide.