For more than a decade, William Powhida’s work has provided a satirical, political and sometimes despairing window into New York’s contemporary art market. He overlaps multiple discourses in his paintings, referencing art history alongside ecological activism and other social issues. A former art critic, Powhida examines the contradictory and sometimes farcical contours of “contemporary art.”


William Powhida was born in 1976 in New York City. 

Exhibitions showing Powhida’s work include: Twenty Twenty at The Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut (2020); Complicities at Postmasters Gallery in New York City (2019); After ‘After the Contemporary’ at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, California; and After the Contemporary at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut (2017).