William Villalongo (born 1975) is a contemporary American artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Villalongo received his B.F.A. from Cooper Union, and later completed an M.F.A. program in painting from the Tyler School of Art. His visually striking paintings explore the notions of modern and African art, portraying fantastic, colorful scenes of nudes in exotic surroundings, combining modern art’s exoticism with figures of nudes partially covered with traditional African masks or geometric shapes.
In 2012, Villalongo received The New York Foundation for the Arts annual Artist Fellowship in Painting, and he is the recipient of Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptor’s Grant. His work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the El Museo Del Barrio, and the Princeton University Art Museum. He is currently a lecturer in painting and printmaking at Yale University.