Didier William

2021 PEW FELLOW
Updated
15 Feb 2022

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Didier sits on a stool in his studio. He has brown skin, a bald head, and black facial hair. He wears a black t-shirt, pink pants, a gray paint-spattered apron, black latex gloves, and dark-framed glasses.

Didier William, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Didier stands in his studio between two in-progress works. He has brown skin, a bald head, and black facial hair. He wears a black t-shirt, a gray paint-spattered apron, latex gloves, and dark-framed glasses.

Didier William, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Didier sits on a stool in his studio near a wall of in-progress paintings. He has brown skin, a bald head, and black facial hair. He wears a black t-shirt, pink pants, a gray paint-spattered apron, black latex gloves, and dark-framed glasses.

Didier William, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Didier William, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Stefan Simchovitz.

“My surfaces—where the body is formed through cuts, stains, and the residue of historical narratives—become sites of convergence and collision, marking both the fragility and the persistence of Black humanity.”

Didier William’s (he/his) interweaving of painting and printmaking hovers between abstraction and figuration. Drawing from mythology and his Afro-Caribbean lineage and personal narrative, William’s ethereal images of bodies obscure race and gender through intricate patterns and ornamentation. He has mounted solo exhibitions at galleries including Galerie Schuster in Berlin, Anna Zorina Gallery and James Fuentes in New York, and M+B in Los Angeles. William’s past honors include a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and three Hearts Foundation grants. He is an assistant professor of expanded print at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. William earned an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Yale School of Art and a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art.