Walt Wooten, a nationally recognized artist working in oils, creates vivid images of Native American Peoples on canvas. He grew up in Chicago, the son of a minister, and the grandson of a full-blooded Choctaw Indian. His own Native American heritage, the topic of many dinner conversations and boyhood dreams, nourished his fascination with Native American culture.
He won several scholarships in school for his artistic talent. Walt Wooten attended the Art Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University. He also studied with Don Baum at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.
Numerous galleries across the United States have carried his work. His paintings have been seen in many publications including Southwest Art and Western Art Collector. Awards have drawn attention to his work: as a New Art of the West finalist at the Eiteljorg Museum and recipient of the first prize at the Nightwalker juried competition in Colorado.
All of his work shares startling color and uncluttered composition. Through influences of the Taos Founders, his contemporary “stylized realism” has evolved. The Southwestern influence has been a major theme throughout his career.
The Heard Museum featured a one-man show of some of the over 60 paintings in the “Visit to the Louvre” series. Walt is most noted for this series which interprets George Catlin’s 1845 trip to Paris with a party of Ojibway Indians and their impact on the city.
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana has Walt Wooten’s works in their permanent collection.
He has made his home Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife for many years.