Every generation of mankind produces artists of deep originality and profound genius and Williams Carmona is one of them. Born in Cuban 1967 of a broken family and from extremely modest means, Williams has scaled the peaks of the global artistic scene and is recognized by critics, peers and sophisticated collectors as one of the luminaries of surrealism. Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, his adopted country, he pursues his artistic vision with a passionate combination of deep technical proficiency, extensive historical perspective and searing independence formed in the crucible of an adolescence in an oppressive dictatorship that ultimately led to his emigration.
Williams' emigration from Cuba and eventual relocation to Puerto Rico in 1991 provided the artistic freedom he sought. His technique matured and his creativity blossomed. As that occurred, his reputation soared. In 1996 he was honored by a prestigious solo exhibition at the Museo de las Americas in Puerto Rico and by inclusion with the Latin American Masters in the Latin View Points exhibition with Fernando Botero, Leonora Carrington, Luis Cruz-Azaceta, Frida Kahlo, Wilfredo Lam, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Julio Larraz, Joaquin Torres Garcia, Remedios Varo, Francisco Suniga, Claudio Bravo, Elena Climent, Matta and others at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Long Island, New York. His reputation broke the international barrier in the late 90s and his works are handled by Christies and Southebys. Williams' has works in many public and private collections around the world including France, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Latin America, and others.
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Artists of deep originality derive their vision from their inner dialogue and external experiences. Williams has a huge abundance of both. Raised by his grandmother, having never known his father, and with a mother engaged in a profession not suited for a young boy, Williams exhibited a prodigy's drive and ability to create his own world in his artistic creations. That drive and ability has never deserted him, as it has for others who were given such prodigious talent. Instead, it has grown and today Williams continues to push the envelope in his many artistic endeavors which have created an abundant body of brilliant creations.
Surrealism coupled with extraordinary technical ability allows Williams to visualize multiple level stories in each of his works. Basic themes abound. The shoe signifying transport from one physical location to another, from various psychic dimensions. Water, and in particular the ocean, speaking to oppression and freedom. Smoke taking the scene from one mind dimension to another while keeping all present in view. Homelessness in the face of a real man. And religious experience and symbols from the Bible.
Sex and the female body and life force occupy the focus in many works. Perhaps this is the legacy of Mother, or William's many female friends, but there is a deep primordial longing in their messages. And Williams with his unflinching honesty, does not tone down his visions but instead lays them bare, but figuratively and literally, in his paintings and sculptures.
The Spanish world as transformed to the Caribbean occupies many works. Churches, plazas, Saints, religious emblems, centuries old stone structures, and other talismans populate the scenes as part of layers in layers in the visual story. The observer gets drawn into the scenes within scenes as they savor the messages and engage in silent mental dialogue with Williams encapsulated in the work.
Sculptures are another medium of expression. Shoes, frying pans, and other everyday objects are transformed by Williams into profound works of art. Such originality is typical of Williams, who melds the ordinary with the profound with mediums that not only provide the platform for the visual expression but also double as part of the work's message. The story within the story, image within the image paradigm is exemplified in such sculptures in Williams' typical highly original fashion.
So how does an artist create such an extensive, deep, varied and visionary body of work at such an early age? Part is due to God given talent, part is due to a prodigious work ethic, and part is due to an urgent need to out extraordinary personal visions. But it is also due to a deep love of the creative process and the marriage of the life of the mind and the act of physical creation. But most importantly is the manifestation of a deeply sensitive boy trapped in the body and mind of a man who was formed in an oppressive totalitarian world and now lives in freedom where anything artistic is possible. There is no doubt that the world will see many more extraordinary artistic creations from Williams in the years to come as he continues to follows his dreams and his visions. We all owe him a deep sense of gratitude as his allows us to share his private world as exposed in his visionary works.
– Rob Sterner, Art Critic, Historian
Williams Carmona's work can be found in numerous major public collections and prestigious muse-ums, including the Nassau County Museum of Art, New York; Museum Del Barrio Private Collection, New York; Museum of the MOLAA, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Miami; MoMA, San Salva-dor; Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; Pompidou Museum, Paris; Ludwig Foundation Collection, Co-logne, Germany: Private Collection of Sir Paul McCartney; Private Collection of Sir Elton John: Barack Obama Presidential Collection (Smithsonian); Jarnie Walsh Foundation, Madrid; MAP of Puerto Rican Art Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico; United Nations Latin American Art Collection, New York; Jack Lemon Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Fanjul Foundation, Miami, FL; Praxis Art International, New York: Spativm Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela; Cernuda Art Gallery, Miami, FL: Michele Esterne Collec-tion, Washington DC; Murer Gallery, Atlanta, USA; Ewar Gomez Collection, Art critic of The New York Times.
Awards and Honors include, among others: Juror's Award of Excellence in painting, drawing and en-graving, University of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba in 1990 and a Grand Prize, Painting, Salon Provincial, Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1989.
Williams Carmona lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
PORTRAIT OF A SCOUNDREL / RETRATO DE UN CANALLA / MUSEO DEL BARRIO NYC - 34" x 36" ACRYLIC 2004
TEORIAS PARA APRENDER / LEARNING THEORIES - 30" x 30" ACRYLIC CONSTRUCTION 2015
A BUTTON FOR PROOF / PARA MUESTRA UN BOTON - 14" X 18" 2013
JUEGOS EN SERIO! SERIOUS GAMES! / 34” X 29” OIL, GLITTER, SILVER 2016
POR FAVOR UN LUGAR ENTRE LOS PERCHEROS, PLEASE A PLACE AMONG THE HANGERS / 36” X 28” OIL AND SILVER 2016
MIKAELA EN MI PENSAMIENTO, MICHAELA IN MY THOUGHTS / 25” X 22” RESIN AND ACRYLIC 2016
REZA POR TI, PRAY FOR YOURSELF / 26” X 26” INK & GLITTER - 2016
ADAM O EVA O EVA O ADAM, ADAM AND EVE OR EVE AND ADAM / 4” X 30” OIL, GLITTER, SILVER 2015
ABECEDARIO HUMANO, HUMAN ALPHABET / 28” X 28” RESIN AND ACRYLIC 2016
MATRIMONIO CLASICO, CLASSIC MATRIMONY / 17” X 22” ACRYLIC & GLITTER - 2016
PARA DONDE VAMOS ?, WHERE ARE WE GOING? / 24” X 35” OIL & GLITTER - 2016
LOS PREMATUROS VAN PRIMERO, THE PREMATURE GO FIRST / 24” H X 16” W RESIN 2016
ELLA TIENE FURIA DENTRO , SHE IS FULL OF FURY / 46” X24” RESIN AND ACRYLIC 2015
HOMBRE DE NEGOCIOS, BUSINESSMAN / 28" X 37" ACRYLIC 2017
¿PARA DONDE?, WHERE TO? / SCULPTURE 6’’ X 26" BRONZE 2016
SIN PECADO CONCEBIDO, ESTAS PERDONADO, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN, YOU ARE PARDONED / 67" x 20" 2015
CON DIOS Y CON EL DIABLO / WITH GOD AND THE DEVIL - 27" X 19" SILVER & ACRYLIC CONSTRUCTION 2015
TIENEN LUZ DENTRO / HAVING INSIDE LIGHT - 14" X 12" ACRYLIC CONSTRUCTION 2015
MANADA EN FURIA / HERD IN FURY - 36' X 44" ACRYLIC CONSTRUCTION 2015
VUELO SIN COMPASIÓN / FLIGHT WITHOUT COMPASSION - 60" X 40" 2015
LA SEÑORA DE AVIGNON / GRANDMOTHER OF AVIGNON - 10' X 4' ACRYLIC SCULPTURE 2015
LA DOMADORA DE PECES / THE FISH TAMER - 17" x 22" SILVER & ACRYLIC 2015
PERFECT MAN, WOMAN WHISPERS / HOMBRE PERFECTO, MUJER AL OIDO - 17" X 22" ACRYLIC 2014
AFRICA TELLS TIME / AFRICA DA LA HORA - 17" X 22" ACRYLIC 2014
A DIET FOR DAVID / LA DIETA PA'L DAVID - 17" X 22" ACRYLIC 2014
ALL ARE WELCOME / BIENVENIDOS TODOS - 48" X 50" ACRYLIC 2013
EL TRAMPOSO JUEGA BIEN - THE CHEATER PLAYS WELL / OIL 17” X 22” 2015
TIRA SIN PIEDAD - SHOOT WITHOUT MERCY / ARROZ Y CHICHAROS 39 X 26 2013
NO MAS ANOTACIONES - NO MORE TOUCHDOWNS / 9” X 28” RESIN, METAL, GLITTER & ACRYLIC 2016
VOLAR PARA QUE? YA ES TARDE - TOO LATE TO FLY / ACRYLIC AND AIRBRUCH 60" X 80" 2015
TIRA CON GUSTO - SHOOT AT WILL / ARROZ CON FRIJOLES 2013
OBRA ORIGINAL EXPERIMENTO / FOTO 27" X 17" 2017
WHERE IS... - DONDE ES... / 77" X 48"
HAMBRE DE AMOR COME MUCHO - HUNGER FOR LOVE EATS TOO MUCH / 24” X 9” RESIN AND ACRYLIC 2015
UNA MUESTRA DEDICADA A MIS AMIGOS QUE TUVIERON SIDA, BREWSTER ART GALLERY 1994, NEW YORK
RETRATO DE MI HIJA - PORTRAIT OF MY DAUGHTER
EXHIBITION POSTERE / AFICHE DE EXHIBICION MUSEO DE ARTE DE PUERTO RICO - 2009
MANNEQUIN PHOTO COLLAGE
HAPPILY DEAD / MUERTO DE FELICIADAD - 99.5" X 47" 2009
UNDERNEACH MOM'S SKIRT / DEBAJO DE LA FAJA DE MAMA - 99.5' X 48" 2009
EL GUARAGUAO, TRIBUTE TO BOSCO / EL GUARAGUAO , HOMENAJE AL BOSCO - 27" X 12" 2004
MEDUSA IN MY FLUFF / MEDUSA EN MI PELUSA - 12" X 9" 2003
IF YOU SPEAK BAD ABOUT ME, I WILL SEW YOUR TONGUE / SI HABLAS MAL DE MI , TE COSERE LA LENGUA - 14" X 9" 2003
ENJOY THE TRANSFORMATION / TRANSFORMACION DEL BUEN PROVECHO - 12" X 36" 2010
LA GUARACHERA DE ORIENTE, CELIA CRUZ, NEW YORK
ENJOY THE TRANSFORMATION / TRANSFORMACION DEL BUEN PROVECHO - 12" X 36" 2011
RICKY MARTIN EN PEURTO RICO
MI BROTHER ALEXIS VALDEZ Y GENIO DE LA COMEDIA MANOLO ESPAÑA
ENTREVISTA TELEVISA CON CELIMAR ADAMES CASALDUC EN MI ESTUDIO EN PUERTO RICO
EL PRESIDENTE OBAMA, PRIMERA VEZ EN PUERTO RICO
ALEJANDRO SANZ EN PUERTO RICO
HILLARY CLINTON, NEW YORK
PRESIDENTE CLINTON, GALA MUSEO METROPOLITANO DE NEW YORK
ADAM SANDLER, ACTOR EN PUERTO RICO
MI HERMANITO CARLOS VARELA, PUERTO RICO
EL MAESTRO DE LOS CHEF EMERIL LAGASSE
PANCHO CESPEDES, CARLOS VARELA, LUCECITA BENITEZ, PUERTO RICO
EL COCO FARINA, UN HEROE DE MI CUBA. PUERTO RICO
LEONORA CARRINGTOM, PABLO CARRINGTON EN BREWSTER ART NEW YORK, MI PRIMERA GALERIA.
BILLY JOEL, PEPE DUEÑO, CONCIERTO EN PUERTO RICO
MI AMIGO EL GRAN PAVAROTTI, NEW YORK
EN CASA DE LEONORA CARRINGTON EN MEXICO CON CHIQUI
PREMIO NOBEL DE LITERATURA, EL GABO - GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ EN CUBA
MI AMIGO VARGAS LLOSA, PREMIO NOBEL, NEW YORK
PANCHO CESPEDES, ALEJANDRO SANZ, GATORNO, BELMA, YO Y AMAURY GUTIERREZ
MIS AMIGOS GENTE DE ZONA, MI HERMANO ALEXIS VALDEZ Y ENRRIQUE IGLESIAS. PUERTO RICO
MI HERMANO CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
LAZARO, MIKAELA, CONCHA BUIKA, PUERTO RICO
JOHN CUSACK, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
DESMOND TUTU, PREMIO NOBEL DE LA PAZ, WASHINGTON DC
MI VIEJO PABLO MILANES Y MIS HERMANOS, SUYLEM Y FABIAN, PUERTO RICO
MI VIEJO PABLO, NANCY SU ESPOSA, ALEXIS VALDEZ MI OTRO HERMANO, PUERTO RICO
MI MADRE ORIA, VASQUEZ Y MERCY, MIAMI
DOLORES SMITHIES, GUILLERMO CABRERA INFANTE, NEW YORK
FITO , LETICIA , JUAQIN SABINA Y YO, CUBA
PEPE DUENO, ELTON JOHN, MEMORABLE MOMENTO EN CONCIERTO, PUERTO RICO
MI PAPA PABLO MILANES , MIKAELA MI ESPOSA Y EL SOL DE LA FAMILIA, LOLA. PUERTO RICO
ESCUELA SUPERIOR DE ARTE ISA CON MI GRUPO Y MI PROFESOR RAUL MARTINES, CUBA
ENJOY THE TRANSFORMATION / TRANSFORMACION DEL BUEN PROVECHO - 12" X 36" 2043