Wayne Alfred is a highly respected Kwakwaka'wakw artist, mentor, dancer, and knowledge keeper, who is involved in all aspects of his cultural heritage. He was born in Alert Bay in 1958 and is a member of the 'Namgis Band. Wayne Alfred has learned from and worked with, many prominent First Nations artists including Henry Hunt in Victoria, his uncle Charlie George, Beau Dick, Blackie Dick, Russell Smith, and Doug Cranmer. He has been carving professionally since the age of nineteen and has become one of the most important voices of Kwakwaka'wakw tradition. His work, while rooted in tradition, has a distinctive and contemporary presence. In addition to carving, fishing has been a critical part of his life and he also credits dancing as being important to his development.
His work is represented in many books, exhibitions, and museums. Wayne is a distinguished painter and carver, who is well known by collectors for his high technical ability and traditional accuracy.
In recognition of his contribution to the art of British Columbia, Alfred was awarded the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art in 2012.
Reference: Martens, D. J. (2018). Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit. Vancouver, BC. Audain Art Museum.