Bio I

Wilmer Wilson IV (b. 1989, Richmond, Va.) is recognized internationally for his interdisciplinary investigations of the absurd logic of cultural meaning. His work aggregates everyday objects into layers of skin or film, which then cover a body and augment its identification. He received his BFA from Howard University in 2012, and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. In 2012 he was commissioned to complete a suite of three public performances, collectively titled “Henry ‘Box’ Brown: FOREVER”, for the 5x5 Public Art Project in Washington, DC. Wilson completed a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and a residency at NLS Kingston in 2013. His work has recently been included in Performing Portraiture at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (2015), and State of the Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art (2014). His work is in public and private collections internationally.