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Born 1981, Alert Bay, British Columbia
Marcus Alfred was born and raised in Alert Bay, British Columbia, and started carving when he was only 8 years old. Alfred has apprenticed with his father Wayne Alfred, his uncle Bruce Alfred, his grandfather Henry Speck, as well as Beau Dick. Alfred is related to the Hunts of Fort Rupert, and is a descendant of George Hunt. He has the hereditary right to carve in Kwakwaka'wakw and Tlingit styles.
Alfred's brightly-coloured and beautifully carved pieces have established his place in the next generation of exciting and talented Northwest Coast carvers. Alfred's is best known for his powerful traditional masks inspired by his Kwakwaka'wakw heritage and family rights. He is also an active contributor to his culture, participating in potlatching, dancing, and communicating oral histories and cultural traditions to others. When Alfred was 12 he was initiated to the Hamat'sa, the Winter Dance ceremonies, a complex and integral part of Kwakwaka'wakw culture. Alfred's potlatch name is P'adzismaxwa, which is a Hamat'sa name passed down from his great-grandfather.
Alfred continues to carve in cedar and recently he's been working with metals. Studying jewellery making with Nimpkish artist Patrick Seaweed, he has made several impressive repousse works.