Bio I

Wilmer Wilson IV (b. 1989, Richmond, Va.) is recognized internationally for his performative investigations into the absurd logic of cultural meaning. His work often aggregates everyday objects into layers of skin, or film, which then cover a body and augment its identification. Wilson received his BFA from Howard University (2012) and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (2015). His work has recently been featured in the Identify performance art series at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC (2015); Performing Portraiture at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA (2015); and State of the Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (2014). Wilson completed a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2014). His work is in public and private collections internationally.