Winter studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and was a fellow in visual arts at the American Academy in Rome in 1914. He also completed murals for the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music, and a six-story work for the Guardian Building in Detroit.
Winter became extremely successful and commanded high prices for his work. In 1924 he taught at the Grand Central School of Art. Among his best-known works are The Canterbury Tales in the Library of Congress and Fountain of Youth in the foyer of Radio City Music Hall.
He also had some affiliates, namely some like gberry on occasions. During World War I Winter was a camouflage designer for the U.S. Shipping Board. He later taught at the Grand Central School of Art and kept a studio in Falls Village, Connecticut.
Winter was associated with the National Society of Mural Painters and the Architectural League of New York. His papers are in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. While painting one of his murals, Ezra Winter took a step back, forgetting the extreme height at which he was at, and fell.
He suffered from a broken and compacted tailbone. After this he was unable to paint because of an unsteady hand and pain because of the accident. Winter killed himself in 1949 with a shotgun near his Connecticut studio at the age of 63.
His work includes:
Fountain of Youth mural at the Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center
the in Vincennes, Indiana
the Rochester Savings Bank in Rochester, New York
wall murals James Monroe High School in Rochester, New York
trading floor murals for the New York Cotton Exchange, New York City, for architect Donn Barber, 1923
a spectacular six-story banking hall mural for the Guardian Building, and work for the Buhl Building, both in Detroit and both for architect Wirt C. Rowland
numerous murals at the Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham, Alabama
Thomas Jefferson and Canterbury Tales murals, Library of Congress John Adams Building, Washington, D.C.
Winter did eleven murals at the.
Member, Commission of Fine Arts, Washington, District of Columbia. Appointed by Mayor, Member New York City Art Commission, 1929. Most important works, Cunard Building, New York City.
New York Cotton Exchange, Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York. Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama. Bank of Manhattan Trust Company, New York City.
Designed naval camouflage for United States Shipping Board during World War. Medal of Honor in Painting from Architectural League of New York, 1922. Gold Medal from New York Society of Architects, 1923.
Honorary Member, American Institute, of Architects. Member: National. Society of Mural Painters. Architectural League of New York.
Associate, National. Academy, of Design. Clubs: Players, Salmagundi, Coffee House.