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William Villalongo, Mother Tongue, 2020, Acrylic, cut velour paper and pigment print collage, 38 1/4 x 38 1/4 in. Sheet, 45 x 44 1/4 in. Frame

William Villalongo, Mother Tongue, 2020, Acrylic, cut velour paper and pigment print collage, 38 1/4 x 38 1/4 in. Sheet, 45 x 44 1/4 in. Frame

William Villalongo, Black Metamorphosis 1452, 2020, Acrylic, cut velour paper and pigment print collage, 80 x 40 in. Sheet, 84 x 44 1/2 in. Frame

William Villalongo, Black Metamorphosis 1452, 2020, Acrylic, cut velour paper and pigment print collage, 80 x 40 in. Sheet, 84 x 44 1/2 in. Frame

William Villalongo, Follow Me, 2020, Acrylic, glitter, pigment print collage on cut velour paper, 80 x 30 in. Sheet, 85 1/4 x 35 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. Frame

William Villalongo, Follow Me, 2020, Acrylic, glitter, pigment print collage on cut velour paper, 80 x 30 in. Sheet, 85 1/4 x 35 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. Frame

William Villalongo, The Mothership Connection, 2020, Acrylic, glitter spray paint on yupo, cut velour paper, pigment print collage, watercolor paper, 39 1/2 x 80 in. Each Sheet, 40.5 x 81 x 2 1/4 in. Each Frame

William Villalongo, The Mothership Connection, 2020, Acrylic, glitter spray paint on yupo, cut velour paper, pigment print collage, watercolor paper, 39 1/2 x 80 in. Each Sheet, 40.5 x 81 x 2 1/4 in. Each Frame

William Villalongo, Zero Gravity 1, 2018, Acrylic, paper collage and cut velour paper, 39 7/8 x 109 5/16 in. Sheet, 45 1/2 x 114 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. Framed

William Villalongo, Zero Gravity 1, 2018, Acrylic, paper collage and cut velour paper, 39 7/8 x 109 5/16 in. Sheet, 45 1/2 x 114 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. Framed

William Villalongo, Holding it Down, 2018, Acrylic, paper collage and cut velour paper, 40 x 39 in. Sheet, 45 x 44 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. Framed

William Villalongo, Holding it Down, 2018, Acrylic, paper collage and cut velour paper, 40 x 39 in. Sheet, 45 x 44 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. Framed

William Villalongo, 27 Hour Cargo Piece, 2017, Acrylic, paper collage and velvet flocking on wood panel, 46 x 60 x 1 1/2 in.

William Villalongo, 27 Hour Cargo Piece, 2017, Acrylic, paper collage and velvet flocking on wood panel, 46 x 60 x 1 1/2 in.

William Villalongo, No Conviction, 2017, Acrylic, silkscreen, paper collage and velvet flocking on wood panel, 70 x 52 x 1 1/2 in.

William Villalongo, No Conviction, 2017, Acrylic, silkscreen, paper collage and velvet flocking on wood panel, 70 x 52 x 1 1/2 in.

William Villalongo, Vanitas, 2017, Acrylic, paper collage and velvet flocking on wood panel, 60 x 46 x 1 1/2 in., Collection of the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

William Villalongo, Vanitas, 2017, Acrylic, paper collage and velvet flocking on wood panel, 60 x 46 x 1 1/2 in., Collection of the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

William Villalongo, Corner Office, 2017, Acrylic, paper collage and velvet flocking on wood panel, 60 x 46 x 1 1/2 in.

William Villalongo, Corner Office, 2017, Acrylic, paper collage and velvet flocking on wood panel, 60 x 46 x 1 1/2 in.

William Villalongo, Day Into Night, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 36 x 24 in.

William Villalongo, Day Into Night, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 36 x 24 in.

William Villalongo, Keeping Heads Above Water, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 36 x 24 in.

William Villalongo, Keeping Heads Above Water, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 36 x 24 in.

William Villalongo, Winter, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 72 x 36 in.

William Villalongo, Winter, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 72 x 36 in.

William Villalongo, Summer, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 72 x 36 in.

William Villalongo, Summer, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 72 x 36 in.

William Villalongo, Autumn, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 72 x 36 in.

William Villalongo, Autumn, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 72 x 36 in.

William Villalongo, Spring, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 72 x 36 in.

William Villalongo, Spring, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 72 x 36 in.

William Villalongo, Olympia's Window, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 60 x 46 in.

William Villalongo, Olympia's Window, 2015, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 60 x 46 in.

William Villalongo, Jubilee, 2011, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 60 x 141 1/2 x 2 in.

William Villalongo, Jubilee, 2011, Acrylic, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 60 x 141 1/2 x 2 in.

William Villalongo, The Painting Lesson, 2012, Acrylic, velvet flocking and paper on wood panel, 106 x 62 in

William Villalongo, The Painting Lesson, 2012, Acrylic, velvet flocking and paper on wood panel, 106 x 62 in

William Villalongo, Bathing Nymph, 2009, Acrylic paint, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 47 1/2 x 30 x 3/4 in

William Villalongo, Bathing Nymph, 2009, Acrylic paint, paper and velvet flocking on wood panel, 47 1/2 x 30 x 3/4 in

William Villalongo

Born in 1975 and raised in Bridgeton, NJ
The Cooper Union, BFA, 1999
Tyler School of Art at Temple University, MFA, 2001
Lives and Works in Brooklyn, NY

WILLIAM VILLALONGO (b. 1975) represents the Black subject against the backdrop of race in America. The artist is known for his use of black velvet cut paper, in which excision and collage are utilized to underscore historical erasure and overturn canonical narratives. The results of his approach are dynamic portraits that reference cultural histories, emphasizing diaspora, deep time, freedom, beauty, and metamorphosis. Villalongo is a 2021 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Denver Art Museum; the Princeton University Art Museum; the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.

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