B. 1945, United States
Winfred Rembert was born in 1945 in rural Americus, Georgia, and grew up in nearby Cuthbert. He was born out of wedlock and given away to his great aunt at three months old. Rembert began working in the fields of peanut and cotton farms as a child. He received little schooling and eventually dropped out to work full-time in the fields. At 19, he was arrested during a civil rights demonstration and sent to prison without trial. He later escaped and narrowly survived a near-lynching when he was caught. In prison, Rembert learned how to tool leather. At 52, he began to make colorful tooled and dyed leather works to visualize his childhood memories and communicate his experiences.
Rembert now lives in New Haven, CT. His work has been the subject of major museum exhibitions, including Yale University and the Hudson River Museum. He is a guest lecturer at Yale University. A feature-length documentary All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, was released in 2011, and has won numerous prestigious film awards.