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Carl J. Winters

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
(b. 1954)

Carl J. Winters is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and grew up on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. He is an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is presently working in three mediums: oils on canvas, acrylics on hide (buffalo, deer, elk), and the design and production of painted hand-drums.

He draws upon his Dakota/Lakota heritage as a source of inspiration in all three mediums. His works on various animal hides are a perpetuation of an ancient tribal tradition. Winters’ hide paintings are his personal interpretation of the work of the old masters who recorded and communicated the events of their day on buffalo, deer and elk hides.

“My works on canvas are driven by a deep desire to express myself. I seek to combine my perspective as an Indian and how I relate to the world around me, with line, composition and applications of color in a variety of techniques. I strive to communicate the validity of the Indian experience; not to elevate it, not to degrade it, only to present my perspective of that which is…in hopes that my work will serve as a vehicle for cross-cultural understanding and respect,” he said.

Winters has won numerous awards, including Best of Show and first place for a painted buffalo hide at the 1992 Indian Nations Trade Fair & Rendezvous in Denver, Colorado. He also received Best of Fine Arts for an oil painting and Best of Tribal Arts & first place for a painted hand-drum at the 1991 Northern Plains Tribal Art Show in Sioux Falls, SD.

Recent commissions include a line of silk-screened designs for hand-drums by Southwest Products of Taos, NM and a six- by eight-foot mural for the Denver International Airport. His work is displayed in over 20 public and private collections worldwide.

He currently resides in Taos, NM with his wife and four children.


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