B. 1949 Terry Winters attended the High School of Art and Design in New York, and received a BFA from the Pratt Institute (1971). His early paintings were influenced by the monochromatic approaches of minimalism. However, Winters' love of drawing and his growing interest in depiction led him to introduce schematic references to biological, astronomical, or architectural structures as the subject of his paintings. By the early 1980s, these had developed into loose grids of organic shapes against lushly painted fields.
Winters' first one-person exhibition in New York was at Sonnabend Gallery (1982); he was subsequently included in the Whitney Museum of American Art's Biennial Exhibition (1985, 1987, and 1995) and the Corcoran Gallery of Art's 40th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting (1987). Survey exhibitions of his art have been organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art (1991), the Whitney Museum of American Art (1991), and the Whitechapel. Bill Goldston invited Winters to print at ULAE in 1982. As Winters has continued to work at ULAE, his prints have become increasingly complex, offering a solution between drawing and painting.