Berry, born and raised in Nashville, TN, has spent more than a decade living and painting in New York City, the Luberon Valley in Provence, Oaxaca, and Mexico City. Zamudio-Taylor states that, “Berry’s references and background are fused with formal quests dealing with metals – graphite, aluminum, and white lead – which make light dynamic, a task that treats painting as an object and not representation. Given the seduction in the presence of an abstract monochrome, the viewer’s gaze flees any present cultural content in its alleged absence as is the case when the vampire confronts himself before a mirror and is not reflected. He is present, but there is no evidence of it in the reflection.”

Born 1954, Nashville, Tennessee
Lives in Mexico City, Mexico and Nashville, Tennessee

Education

1993
MFA Painting; Boston University

1987-90
Washington Studio School; Washington, DC

1986
Nashville School of Art; Nashville, TN

1983-85
Art Student’s League; New York, NY

1981
BA Architecture; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

1976
BA English; Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014
Oro Sobre Azul Zafiro, curated by Sandra Cerisola, Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City
I Saw The Sun, curated by Victor Zamudio Taylor and Sandra Cerisola, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2013
The Night of the Iguana, Curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2013
The Night of the Iguana, curated by Victor Zamudio Taylor, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2011
New Works, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2010
Music Of The Stones, William Berry, Museo Universitario El Chopo, UNAM, Mexico City

2008
LA LUZ DE LOS COLORES, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN

2007
Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ

2006
Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico, D.F.
Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2005
Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ

2004
Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ

2003
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2002
Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN

2000
Monotypes, Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN

1997
Huntsville Museum of Art; Huntsville, AL

1996
Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN
Main Street Gallery; Nantucket, MA
Dru Astark Gallery; New York, NY

1995
Dru Astark Gallery; New York, NY
Main Street Gallery; Nantucket, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015
Réquiem (for VZT), curated by Raul Zamudio, ARTR Trafico de Arte, Mexico City

2013
Gold Rush, curated by John A Reyes, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2011
NOW: Works from Collection Jumex: curated by Victor Zamudio Taylor, Instituto Cultrual Cabanas, Guadalajara
La Muerte Blanca, Galería de Arte de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, Mexico City
Terrible Beauty / Belleza Atroz: 
Will Berry, Patrick Hamilton & ‘Moris’ Israel Meza Moreno
curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Caja Blanca Gallery, Mexico City

2010
Interacciones, Galeria Ethra, Mexico City
Efecto Dracula, curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Museo Universitario El Chopo, UNAM, Mexico City
Bancomer, Mexico City

2009
Cold Press, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Como Agua Fria, Caja Blanca, curated by Victor Zamudio Taylor, Mexico City Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Art in Open Spaces, Terrazzo, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2008
TALLER DE GRABADO FERNANDO SANDOVAL, el IAGO, Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Dialogues: Painting,  Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
INKED, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
Zeitgeist Print Portfolio 2008,  Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2005
Ripe for the Picking, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
Summer Show, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2004
Ritual, Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN
Bentley Gallery; Scottsdale, AZ
Detail, Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN

2003
Ahead of Ourselves, Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN

2001
Abstract II, curated by Graham Nickson; New York, NY

1998
Finding the Familiar, Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN

1997
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, COLO

1996
Salon de Tree, curated by Austin Ackles and Mary Jones, Central Park, NYC

1995
ME, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York, NY

1994
Frank Holiday and Will Berry, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York, NY

1993
Art in Embassys Program, curated by Rene Harrison, Copenhagen, Denmark

1992
Art in Embassys Program, curated by Rene Harrison, Copenhagen, Denmark

1991
Art in Embassys Program, curated by Rene Harrison, Copenhagen, Denmark

Books by the Artist

2006
The Pull of the Air, Raiz Press, 2006.  Etchings and Poems by William Berry
AGUA, Chichicastle Art Press, 2006. Text by Alejandro Ortiz Gonzalez

2004
La Luz De Los Colores, Chichicastle Art Press. 2004.
Texts by Fernando Galvez, Director of the IAGO, Graphics Institute of Oaxaca.

Bibliography

2011
“Guadalajara en cuatro tomas”, Vivelohoy
“Las impresiones de Now en las Cabañas”, El Informador
“Hospicio Cabañas expondrá obra de 140 artistas”, El Reportero
“Las ideas del ahora de 80 artistas conviven en el Instituto Cabañas”, La Jornada, Jalisco
“Hospicio Cabañas expondrá obra de 140 artistas”, El Universal
Donatella Lockhart, “Jumex !Now! Fusion inmediata en el Instituto Cultural Cabañas en Guadalajara”, Casa & Gente
“Llega ‘Ahora’, de la Colección Jumex, al Cabañas”, YouTube, Informador
“Preview “Now: La Colección Jumex”, Instituto Cultural Cabañas” YouTube, Abarrotera mexicana
NOW: Obras de la Colección Jumex” @ Instituto Cultural Cabañas,” Abarrotera mexicana
“Televisa reconoce visión de Eugenio López Alonso”, Milenio
“El Cabañas se pone muy jugoso”,  Milenio
‘Now’, La Colección Jumex llega al Hospicio Cabañas”, JAL, Gobierno de Jalisco
“La exposición ‘Now: obras de La Colección Jumex’ se presenta en Guadalajara”, Arteenared.com
“Esto Now es una exposición”, El Informador,
Sandra Reyes, “Now: Obras de la Colección Jumex”, Código,
“Fundación Colección Jumex , El Instituto Cultural Cabañas y Televisa Guadalajara”, ARTEVEN / Art Contemporáneo,
“Expondrá Instituto Cabañas 140 obras de Colección Jumex”, Provincia,
“Now: obras de La Colección Jumex , Curaduría: Víctor Zamudio Taylor”, a la Fuga, September, 2011
“Arte contemporáneo a placer”, La Colección Jumex de arte contemporáneo, El Informador, September 2011
“Arte contemporáneo a placer”, Poncitlán, August 2011
“NOW, Jumex Collection”, Artnexus, August 2011
Cindi E. Islas Miranda< “Diálogos de la “Belleza atroz”, El Sol de Mexico, August
“Chile, Estados Unidos y México reunen sus tradiciones”, Telediario, July 2011
“Reúne muestra tradición estética de Chile, Estados Unidos y México”, Zocallo Saltillo, July 2011
Pako Arellano, “CAJA BLANCA presenta la exposicion Terrible Beauty / Belleza atroz”,Inkult, July 2011
“Belleza Atroz”, Camin Arte, July 2011
Sonia Ávila, “Dialogan lo bello y lo brutal”, Excélsior, July 2011

2010
Cristina Faleroni, “Music of the Stones”, Vista de Arte, Espacio de Arte & Cultura, September 2010
“Music of the Stones”, La Jornada, 22 September 2010
Dr Enrique González Martínez,“ Music of the Stones, William Berry”, Inkult Magazine Blog, September 2010
“’Music of the Stones”, El Universal, 3 September 2010
Martha Herrera, “Imágenes traducidas a sonidos en la muestra Music of the Stones”, Gaceta UNAM, 2 September 2010
Merry MacMasters, “Reúnen creaciones de tres artistas en una exposición multidisciplinaria”, La Jornada, 4 July 2010

2009
Maria Gallucci, “Conceptual Painters Converge” Living, The News, October 2009 “Exposición Como agua frí muestra lo mejor de la pintura plástica”, Informador,
Vanessa Pérez, “La pintura, en una caja blanca”, El Universal, 2009

2008
Nashville Scene, March 24, 2008, Our Critics’ Picks

2007
Diario Milenio, January 2007, “El Sueno de las Piedras” Alejandro Ortiz Gonzalez

2006
La Jornada, October 2006, “Cambio de Tiempo, William Berry”, Merry Macmasters
El Universal, September 2006
La Razon, September 2006, “Cambio de Tiempo, propuesta de Berry”, Gabriela Jimenez Bernal
Proceso, September 2006, “William Berry Grafica”, Isabel Ienero
Noticiario, September 2006, “Llegan al MUNAE, la exposicion, Cambio de Tiempo de William Berry”
El Economista, September 2006, “Cambio de Tiempo. Monotipos De William Berry”, Laura Hernandez Melendez
Notimexico, September 2006, “El Paisaje como punto de partida”, Cesar Valle
La Patagonia, September 2006, “Cambios Radicales”, Eric Munoz

2005
Mathew Langley Blog, October 2005, “Scottsdale Roundup”

2004
ArtNews, June, 2004, review by John Villani
The Tennessean, November, 2004, “Old Cultures in New Media”,
Allan Bostick, “Worlds Lying Out to Sun”, Will Berry

2000
Interior Design, June 2000, “Enliven a Box”, Henry Erbach

1999
The Tennessean, November 1999, Alan Bostick, “Monotypes, Glenn Goldberg and Will Berry”
Nashville Scene, November 1999, “Mental Vacations”, Angela Wibking, “Monotypes, Glenn Goldberg and Will Berry”

1999
Unframed, November 1999, Paul McClean, ” Monotypes, Glenn Goldberg and Will Berry”

1998
Nashville Scene, November 18, 1998, “Familiar Sights”
Donna Dorian Wall, “Finding the Familiar” curated by Will Berry, Zeitgeist, Nashville, Tennessee
The Tennessean , October, 1998, “Good Vibrations”
Alan Bostick, “Finding the Familiar “, curated by Will Berry, Zeitgeist, Nashville, Tennessee
Finding the Familiar, Zeitgeist Gallery, 1998 (catalogue)
Southern Accents, July/August, 1998 “The New Gouache”, Donna Dorian Wall
Unframed, Adrianne Outlaw, “Finding the Familiar” curated by Will Berry, Zeitgeist, Nashville, Tennessee
Art Papers, “Finding the Familiar” curated by Will Berry, Zeitgeist, Nashville, Tennessee

1997
Encountering Will Berry, The Huntsville Museum of Art, 1997 (catalogue)
Nantucket Beacon, Sept 1997, Rose Gonnella, “Will Berry’s Authentic Marks”
HMA Art Views, Spring 1997, Huntsville Museum of Art, Peter Baldai, “Encounters Will Berry”, June
The Birmingham News, July 1997, James Nelson, ” Encounters Will Berry”
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama, 1997

1996
Nashville Life, February-March, 1996, “Nashville to New York / NewYork to Nashville” Louise Lequire

1995
Cover Magazine, March 1995, review by Robert Morgan
Art in America, October 1995, review by Robert Edelman

Selected Catalogs

2011
Now: Works from Collection Jumex, curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Guadalajara
Arte Contemporáneo 2011, Grupo de los Dieciséis, Salon La Troje, Hacienda de los Morales, Mexico City
Music of the Stones, 2011, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mexico City

2010
Interacciones, 2010, exhibition catalog, edited and curated by Fernando Gálvez
Artists: Will Berry, Selma Guisande, Eric Muñoz, Galeria Ethra, Mexico City

2009
Como Agua Fria, 2009, exhibition catalog, edited and curated by Victor Zamudio
Taylor;  Artists: Will Berry, Augustin González, Manuel Mathar, Taka Fernández, ‘Moris’ Israel Moreno; Caja Blanca, Mexico City

2006
The Pull of the Air, 2006, Etchings and Poems by Will Berry, Raiz Press, 2006
AGUA, 14 colored lithograph prints based on original monotype series, Agua, by Will Berry, with original poem by Mexican poet, Alejandro Ortiz González Chichicastle Art Press, 2006

2004
La Luz De Los Colores, 27 colored lithograph prints based on monotype series, Lejos, by Will
Berry with original text by Fernando Gálvez, Director, IAGO, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Chichicastle Art Press, 2004

1998
Finding the Familiar, 1998, exhibition catalog edited and curated by Will Berry, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

1997
Encounters, Will Berry, 1997, exhibition catalog, edited and curated by Peter Baldaia, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, ALA

Selected Collections

La Colección Jumex, Ecatepec, MX
Museo de Arte de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, Mexico City
Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City
Tennessee State Museum, Bridgestone-Firestone Trust, Nashville, TN
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsvillle, ALA
EMI, New York, NY
Four Seasons Hotel, Punta Mita, Jal
Medical Mangement, INC, Nashville, TN
Boult, Cummings, Conners, & Berry, PLC, Nashville, TN
Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, Nashville, TN
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN
University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Andreas Dracopoulos, New York, NY
Barbara Garza Laguera de Braniff, Mexico City
Miguel Ortiz Monasterio, Mexico City
Try-Me, Richmond, VA

Grants, Commissions, and Art Projects

2011
Music of the Stones, William Berry, documentary,The Pacific Ring of Fire – Mexico and Guatemala, Prospect TV Production for French-German Public
Television Arte camera: Jürgen Hansen, editor: Frédéric Frankel. Four part series that presents peoples and cultures along the Pacific Ring of Fire, their ceremonies, rituals, and mythologies. Soubes, France.

2007-2011
Music of the Stones, a multi-disciplinary project studying visual pattern and its potential for music composition funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, York, NY and administered by North American Art Projects and Research Corporation, Franklin, TN

2009
Fuente de la Luz , design for mural and fountain in mosaic for Victor Manuel Borras family retreat, Chiconcauc, MX

2008
Las Salinas, design for mural in mosaic for Four Seasons Hotel. Punta Mita, Jal

“In this unpublished series, American artist Will Berry who has been living in Mexico City for last 6 years focuses on the abstract. Each piece is without doubt evocative of the simplicity and complexity of mestizaje that coexist in our country that gives it a touch of color and is characteristic of life here. Technically in his abstract painting, Will works three metallic pigments, graphite, white lead, and aluminum. These materials make each piece stand out in its genre, one has to look very closely to discover his true message. These paintings have an underlying series of drawings on which the author works, at first instance some are obvious, others not. These are plants with foliage motifs, human figures, and architectural references. Although it might not seem so, his paintings address issues of cultural, architectural, and urban density. Moreover, Will is very interested in the theme of cultural mestzje in Mexico.”

-Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Terrible Beauty/Belleza Atroz, Caja Blanca Gallery,  Mexico City