William Villalongo plays with deeply rooted art historical iconography by redefining racial and sexual politics in his compositions. The "Nymph" series rifts on Picasso's own "Desmoiselles" exchanging their tribal masks for icons of the Modernist era. Villalongo reinforces the link and debt to the Art of Africa acknowledge by Picasso and his peers. Villalongo was included in the recent inaugural exhibition of MOCA Cleveland, The Bearden Project at the Studio Museum Harlem and PS 1's Greater New York.
William Villalongo lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in 1975 in Hollywood, FL and raised in the town of Bridgeton, NJ. Villalongo is the recipient of the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptor's Grant. His work is included in several notable collections including the Studio Museum In Harlem, The Whitney Museum of American Art & Princeton University Art Museum. His work has been reviewed in the Art In America, The New Yorker and the New York Times. Villalongo is currently represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, NY