DIDIER WILLIAM 

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Didier William Didier William is originally from Port-au-prince Haiti. He received his BFA in painting from The Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University School of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art, The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, The Fraenkel Gallery, Frederick and Freiser Gallery, and Gallery Schuster in Berlin. He was an artist in residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in Brooklyn, NY and has taught at Yale School of Art, Vassar College, Columbia University, and SUNY Purchase. He is currently Associate Professor of Art and the Chair of the MFA Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Didier William is a painter and printmaker. His objects are collaged, carved, painted, and drawn to produce a painting surface that resists the rigidity of his materials. He draws from memory, oratory and art-historical references to reimagine moving, constructively confrontational narratives of the black diaspora. William is driven to revise not merely art history, but also American history writ large, which for too long has under-appreciated the cultural and political contributions of the nation’s black community.

Kenbe la, pa lage li
2019
acrylic, wood carving and collage on panel
52 x 40 inches

Chita sou kote lanin lan
2019
acrylic, wood carving and collage on panel
30 x 40 inches