About the Artist

Photo Credit: Eddie Hernandez Photography - San Francisco

Christopher Adam Williams is a visual artist whose practice utilizes portraiture and figurative painting to convey complex narratives, including that of race and gender, originating for a deep empathy with his subjects. Born in Oakland, California, Christopher’s current studio base is in San Francisco, where he resides with his wife.

Christopher received his Bachelors in Fine Arts and Masters in Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute, where he was awarded Best in Show, MFA and a finalist for the Headlands Arts Center Graduate Residency. 2020 Winner of The Black Artists Fund Sower award .

His drawings, paintings and films have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, museums and galleries, including Show Times popular network series, The L Word Generation Q, Tunnels of the Mind (Times Square, NY), Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA), Spark+Echo Arts (New York, NY), Artist Talk Moderator: Dewey Crumpler, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; Artist Talk Host: Uncle Bobby X, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA;My Studio Gallery (Sacramento, CA) and The Golden One Center (Sacramento, CA).

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Christopher Adam Williams

Visual Artist

Professional Experience

2003- Artist/The Black DaVinci
2022- AICAD Fellow, Moore College of Art and design, Philadelphia, PA
2019- Teaching Artist, MindCatcher, K12 Education Non Profit, San Francisco, CA
2021-22 Black Artist Teaching Fellow, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2020- Artist in residence, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2020-21 Trustee Elect, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2020 Reimagine Committee, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2020 San Francisco Alumni Association California Chapter Leader 
2020 SFAI Young Artist Program, Instructor, San Francisco, CA
2019-20 Graduate Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute, three semesters, San Francisco, CA
2018 Teaching Assistant, Maine College of Art, Graduate, one semester. Portland, ME
2018 Teaching Artist, MindCatcher, K12 Education Non Profit, Martin Luther King Middle School, 8th Grade Mural, San Francisco, CA

Recognition & Awards

2022 AICAD Fellow, Moore College of Art and design, Philadelphia, PA
2021 YBCA Income Grant, YBCA, San Francisco, CA
2021 Black Artist Teaching Fellow, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2020 Sower Award, Black Artist Fund, Sacramento, CA
2020 Artist in Residence, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2020 Headlands Artist Residency Finalist, Sausalito, CA
2020 Student Leadership Award, San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco, CA
2020 SFAI Best Award MFA Show, out of 60 Graduate Students,
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2020 SFAI Diversity Scholarship
2020 Rick Cramer Memorial
2019-20 Mary H. Keeling Scholarship
2019-20 Allan B. Stone Scholarship
2018-19 SFAI Diversity Scholarship
2017 Clyde & Company Award
2017 Honors Studio Award
2017 Deans Scholarship
2017 La Victoria scholarship winner
2017 Clyde & Co scholarship winner
2017 SFAI Honors Graduate program award

Solo Exhibitions

2021 The L Word Generation Q, TV Spot, Season two episode ten, Hollywood, CA
2021 Black History Month billboard Art Show, Sacramento Kings,
The Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
2019 Dream Variations, Schafer gallery Pier 2, Fort Mason campus,
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2018 Institute of Contemporary Art, Window Display, Portland ME.
2015 The Black DaVinci’s solo show, My Studio art space, Sacramento CA
2012 The Black DaVinci, Cafe Pomegranate, San Jose, CA

Exhibitions

2022 Black Warrior Mentorship Project & Fellowship Exhibition, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2022 Root Division 20th Anniversary, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2022 Black History Month Art Show, Columbia Property Trust Building, San Francisco, California
2021 Reflections: Black History Month Art Show, San Francisco State Building, The Great Hall, San Francisco, California
2022 A Black History Month Art Show, Palo Alto Public Library, Palo Alto, California
2021 Black Artists on Art: The Liberation Exhibit, Project 25, Sacramento, California
2021 A Joy Unexpected, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2021 Black History Month Art Show, San Francisco State Building, The Great Hall, San Francisco, California
2021 MFA Revisited, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2021 Black History Month Show, West Elm, Sacramento, CA
2020 The RD Makes, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2020 The Matrix277/Orbits of Known and Unknown Objects: SFAI Histories, BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA
2020-21 The de Young Open, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2020 We Are More Than A Moment Virtual Exhibition, MCLA Gallery 51, Virtual Show, North Adams, MA
2020 Tunnels of the mind, Times Square 5th avenue Show, San Francisco Art Institute, Times Square, New York, NY
2020 MFA Virtual COVID Graduate Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2020 Mardi Gras, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2019 White walls, Black Joy, Four person show, Diego Rivera Gallery,
San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco, CA
2019 It is our privilege, Diego Rivera gallery, San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco, CA
2019 12 Artists, SFAI Fort Mason Hall, Pier 2, Fort Mason, San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco, CA
2019 Big Names, Small Art, Crocker Art Museum Art Auction, Sacramento, CA
2019 From The Tower: Andy Warhol, Pier 2, Fort Mason, San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco ,CA
2018 Woz con, Live Painting Techniques and Demonstration, San Jose Convention center, San Jose, CA
2018 Black History Festival, Crocker Art Museum Live Painting Techniques and Demonstration, Sacramento, CA
2017 SFAI BFA Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, Pier 2, Fort Mason, San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco, CA
2017 Diego Rivera Honors Art Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, Pier 2, Fort Mason, San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco CA
2017 Clyde & Company Law Firm Award Show, San Francisco, CA
2017-19 Crocker Con, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2017 Dream Variations, Curator, SFAI courtyard exhibition, San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco CA
2017 Gearfest, University of Southern California, Los Angles, CA
2017 Black Comic Book Expo, Live Painting Techniques and Demonstration, The Metreon Center, San Francisco, CA
2016 Amber Rose Slut Walk, Downtown Los Angles, Live Painting Techniques, Demonstration And Exhibiting, Los Angles, Ca
2016-18 Tracy-con, The old Tracy Outlet Mall, Tracy, CA
2016 My Studio Gallery, Live Painting, Featured on Good Day Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
2015-18 Sac Anime, Sacramento Convention Center, Featured on Fox 40, Sacramento, CA September, 2015-2016
2015-17 Artist in Residence, California State Fair Featured Artist, Live Painting Techniques and Demonstration,Sacramento, CA
2014 Art Auction, Ubunto Green, wine event, Sacramento, CA
2012-18 Sac Con, Sacramento convention center Sacramento CA
1998- Comics & Collectibles, Live Painting Techniques and Demonstration Sacramento, CA
2011 Alternative Press Expo, Live Painting Techniques and Demonstration, San Francisco, CA
2008 Wondercon, Live Painting Techniques and Demonstration, Moscone Center, San Francisco ,CA
2004,06 Broadway Art Festival, Live Painting Techniques, Demonstration and Exhibition, Sacramento, CA

Selected Bibliography

2021 Marcus D. Smith. “How a new fund for Black artists in Sacramento is changing the lives of local creatives,” Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, https://www.sacbee.com/news/equity-lab/representation/article249010650.html#storylink=cpy
2020 The Matrix277/Orbits of Known and Unknown Objects: SFAI Histories,
BAMPFA, https://matrix277.org/About-page-1
2020 deYoung Open, deYoung Museum, pg. A7, August 27, 2020, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco , CA
2020 Rachel Levin. “How a colorful Puerto Rican restaurant in the North Bay turned into home for one Black couple,” San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA, https://www.sfchronicle.com/food/article/How-a-colorful-Puerto-Rican-restaurant-in-the-15429317.php
2020 Christopher Adam Williams, Spark and Echo, Online Feature, CA, https://sparkandecho.org/illumination/the-modern-day-queen-of-sheba-queen-esther
2020 ARTFORUM, https://www.artforum.com/slant/teach-out-83218
2019 Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum
2018 Chanel 13 news Comics and Ron Lim, Sacramento, CA, https://www.abc10.com/video/news/local/sacramento/marvel-comics-legend-creating-comic-books-for-the-hearing-impaired/103-8122101
2017 Clyde & Company Award catalog.
2017 Dream Variations (part one) SFAI. https://www.sfai.edu/exhibitions-public-events/detail/dream-variations-part-one
2017 Christopher Williams, Paper Darts Online Feature, November 2017. http://www.paperdarts.org/art-archive/2017/11/18/christopher-williams
2015 Monica Stark, “Met the artist: Pocket resident Christopher Williams Pocket News & Review.” http://www.valcomnews.com/?p=17273
2015 Good Day Sacramento Feature. http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/category/spoken-word-good-day/3286412-mystudio/
2015 Fox 40 live interview- Sac Anime.
2004 Joe O’Bannon, Broadway News, August 2004

Curatorial Exhibitions

2021-22 Black History Month Art Show, San Francisco State Building, The Great Hall, San Francisco, California
2019 Dream Variations, Schafer Gallery, Pier 2, Fort Mason campus,
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2019 12 Artists, SFAI Fort Mason Hall, Pier 2, Fort Mason, San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco, CA
2019 It is our privilege, Diego Rivera gallery, San Francisco Art institute,
San Francisco, CA
2019 White walls, Black Joy, Four person show, Diego Rivera Gallery,
San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco, CA
2017 Dream Variations, Curator, SFAI courtyard exhibition, San Francisco Art institute, San Francisco CA

Collections

Carol Swig, San Francisco, CA
Marcie & Michael Roosevelt, Oakland, CA
Roselyne Swig, San Francisco, CA
Tyron Lue, Port Henderson, NV
Whitney Fuller, San Francisco, CA
Private, Rancho Cordova, CA
The L Word Generation Q Hollywood, CA

Gallery Affiliations

Root Division – San Francisco CA
My Studio Gallery- Sacramento CA (closed)
Friesen+Lantz – Ketchum ID

Education

2020 San Francisco Art Institute — MFA Graduate
2017 San Francisco Art Institute — BFA Graduate