About

William A. Noguera

B. June 17, 1964

William A. Noguera is an American artist and published author who rose to prominence in the 1990’s, initially with his stark black and white hyper-realistic ink compositions that fused his deep subconscious with the harsh realities of his surroundings. These stunning images speak in a vocabulary that balances imagery with hard-edged geometric forms that conveyed his brutal landscapes.

After forty years of the constant oppressive restraints that come when shackled to a prison cell, Noguera’s response has been to unleash a unique form of abstract paintings, sculptures, and imagery with one goal in mind: The destruction of his surroundings, which he accomplishes using the stone, concrete, and pieces of the prison to create his art, weakening the walls in the process. These profound works turn the destruction into creation, expressing the most basic of human emotions of the sort his predecessors, Mark Rothko, and Robert Motherwell would clearly grace with their approval.

Noguera fuses boundaries of the physical with concepts of space, merging painting, sculpture, and architecture, with the captivating power of destruction, redefining conventional methods of artmaking in a synthesizing contemporary interpretation, balancing destruction and creation that rest on the surface. Exposing the vector that keeps these polarities sliding past one another. Creating a tension felt at first glance. Leaving a long-lasting memory of a site of conflict that can only be achieved by taking an idea to the extreme.

EDUCATION

  • Bristol University (f.k.a. Kensington College)
    1992 | Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

AWARDS AND GRANTS

  • SF Weekly Best of San Francisco
    2007 | Masterminds Gran Competition (visual arts)

GUEST-SPEAKING

  • 2018 | La Salle University | legal & ethical environment of business
  • 2017 | The Moth Radio Hour | the justice project, community showcase
  • 2015 | Endicott College (corporate social responsibility business ethics)
  • 2014 | Endicott College (corporate social responsibility business ethics)

BOOKS

  • Escape Artist: Memoir Of A Visionary Artist On Death Row (2018) Seven Stories Press, Inc.
  • PRISON Culture
    (2009) City Lights Foundation

FILM AND VIDEO

  • Ghost In The Material
    2009 | I.F.C. Center Art House Movie Theatre | New York, NY 2009 | TRUE / FALSE Film Festival | Columbia, MO
    2008 | Mendocino Film Festival | Mendocino, CA – Second Release 2007 | Mendocino Film Festival | Mendocino, CA – Debut Release

E X H I B I T I O N S

PRESS / MEDIA

PODCAST

Ben Trefney of Cross Currents interviews William A. Noguera about his life, his art and his new book Escape Artist.