Willy Bo Richardson

Willy Bo Richardson

Born: 1974, Santa Fe, NM

Biography and Information


Willy Bo Richardson (b. 1974) married himself to a single mode of working as a formal recognition of the power of remaining in one place and as a way to honor consistency and quietude. For over 20 years, Richardson has been painting humming fields of color that suspend the sensation of time.

Richardson shows extensively throughout the United States and his work can be found in private and public collections including a recent acquisition by the Albuquerque Museum. He received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, was a painting tech at Cooper Union in New York and a faculty member at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. His work was featured on the PBS arts series, ¡COLORES!, and he was a guest artist at Tamarind Institute. Richardson lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

MFA Painting, Pratt Institute, New York, NY

BA Fine Arts and English, University of Texas, Austin, TX and University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Selected Solo Exhibitions
All Yours, Skot Foreman Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Colophon, ClampArt, New York, NY

Navigation, Richard Levy Project Room, Albuquerque NM

Clockwork for Oracles, Richard Levy Project Room, Albuquerque NM

Willy Bo Richardson, Turner Carroll, Santa Fe, NM

Lolland and Other Places, Gallery Sakiko, New York, NY

Confluence, Gallery Sakiko, New York, NY

Selected Exhibitions
Accessible Art Fair, Catawiki Auction, Brussels

Jason McCoy Gallery, From Dark to Light, New York, NY

No Modifiers, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque NM
The Spaces Between, SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Kaleidoscope, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe NM

Exquisite Corpse, drawing event, SITE Santa Fe
Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas TX
Painted Places, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Surroundings, Willy Bo Richardson and Danae Falliers, Hunt Modern, Santa Fe, NM
Lumina, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe NM

SITE Unseen 9, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Indian Summer Show, DM Contemporary, New York, NY

Clockwork for Oracles, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Seduced, DM Contemporary, New York, NY
Reverberant Matter/Project, Santa Fe University of Art and Design at Wade Wilson Art, Santa Fe, NM
Willy Bo Richardson and Edward Lentsch, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

That’s Where You Need to Be, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Art Collision & Repair Shop, Center for Contemporary Arts, Muñoz Waxman Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Color Fall, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Watercolors, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, NY
Paper Band, Jason McCoy, New York, NY
Into the Woods, ClampArt, New York, NY

70 Years of Abstract Painting – Excerpts, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY

Art Santa Fe, LaunchProjects, Santa Fe, NM
Recent Works, LaunchProjects, Santa Fe, NM

Songlines, Gallery Sakiko, New York, NY
Summer Reverie: Invitational, William Seigal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
LaunchProjects, Santa Fe, NM
Pairs, Ambient Art Projects, Las Vegas, NM

Willy Bo Richardson: Lolland and Other Places, Gallery Sakiko, New York, NY
New Artists, New Work, William Seigal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Beaux Arts Ball, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

, Center For Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Transformations, ICD & Art Connects, New York, NY
Common Threads, Fresh Paint, Los Angeles, CA
Winter Salon, Gallery Sakiko, New York, NY
The Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

Willy Bo Richardson: Confluence, Gallery Sakiko, New York, NY
The Water Show, The Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
Black and White, Holland Tunnel, New York, NY

Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia

X Semination, Kings Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Small Works Salon, The Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

NY Art Independent 03, Ausstellungshalles des Kurorts Timmendorfer Strand, Germany,Curated by Stephanie Buhmann
Brooklyn On 57th Street, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY

NY Art Independent 02, Kunstraum, Westerland, Sylt, Germany
Editions Project, Brooklyn Front Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

NY Art Independent 01, Kroll-Vogel, Hamburg, Germany
Transitions, Acquisitions, and Parochials, L-Art, Brooklyn, NY

LandEscape, Dieu Donne Papermill, New York, NY
Pratt Institute MFA Thesis Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM
Buddhismus Stiftung Diamantweg Europe Center, Immenstadt Germany
Foulger-Pratt Headquarters, Baltimore, MD
Houston Medical Center, Houston, TX
Institute for Career Development, New York City
Loomis Sayles & Company, Boston, MA
MGM Resorts, Las Vegas NV
Miami Loews, Miami Beach, FL
Miraval Resort Villas, Tucson, AZ
Moen Group, Plaza Towers, Iowa City, IA 
Polsinelli Corporate Art Collection, Kansas City, MO
The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen, China
Scrub Island Villas, Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Isles
Swissôtel Chicago, Chicago, IL

Clark Hulings Fund Executive Tier Year II Fellowship

Clark Hulings Fund Grant Recipient for Visual Artists

SITE Santa Fe SPREAD finalist

Thompson, Helen , Santa Fe Modern: Contemporary Design in the High Desert, The Monacelli Press, 2021, p. 39
McClain, David, Willy Bo Richardson, Clockwork for Oracles, Superpresent, Issue 3 Summer 2021, p. 51

Almino, Wouk, Elisa, A View From the Easel During Times of Quarantine, Hyperallergic, May 22

Patricia LaSalle – Hopkins, On the Line: Willy Bo Richardson, New Mexico Magazine, April, Volume 96, Issue 4: 74-77 
Isabelle Walker, Collectors Notebook: Getting Down to Business, Western Art and Architecture, April/May
Clark Hulings Fund Art Business Summit @ SFCC with Elizabeth Hulings & Willy RichardsonThe Richard Eeds Show, KTRC 103.7, March 15

Nancy Reyner, Create Perfect Paintings: An Artist’s Guide to Visual Thinking, North Light Books, print 
Elaine Grogan Luttrull, Strategic Planning in Action: Notes from the Field, Professional Artist, December | January, Voulme 31, Number 6: p. 14-18 

Aaron Gully, Color Outside the Lines, Virtuoso Travel Magazine, July/ August, p. 118

Eric Kroll, Laberintos de Lineas y Colores, Dental Tribune, No.9 , Vol. 12, cover and pp. 29 -31
Kathryn Davis, Albuquerque Contemporary, ArtBeat radio KVSF, August 28
Ryan Rushton, See the World Differently: Richard Levy Gallery, New Mexico Homes 
Anna Furman, Three Distinct Artists United by Bold, Enthusiastic Styles, Artsy Editorial, April 3   

Mark Perry, Willy Bo Richardson, A Matter of the Mind, KVSF101.5, Novemeber 22
Kathryn M. Davis, Buying Art is FunArtBeat KVSF101.5, July 31 
Margaret Wright, Painters Point the Way at Richard Levy GalleryAdobe Airstream, August – September
Mateo Coffman, That’s Where You Need to BeLocal IQ, July 22
Elisa McGovern, Galleries Get It Up: Be Here NowThe Weekly Alibi, August 7-13
Ashley Rooney, Contemporary Art of the Southwest,Atglen: Schiffer Publishing
Willy Bo Richardson, The Impressionists, Regional Theater, Jack Ross¡COLORES!, KNME PBS,February 7

Aaron Gulley, The Soul of Santa Fe, DestinAsian, Feb/March

Kristina Nazarevskaia: Willy Bo Richardson – Watercolors, galleryIntell
Phillips de Pury: galleryIntell – Video
Phillips de Pury & Company Watercolors exhibition, Auction Publicity

Peggy Roalf, Abstraction: Informers and The Informed, Design Arts Daily, April 21
Katy Crocker, Painting, Doritos and Color Theory – The Work of Willy Bo Richardson, The End of Being

Artists to Watch in 2010, Décor Magazine, January

Kate Beck, Color as it Happens: Steven Alexander and Willy Bo Richardson, Art Notes, August 10, blog

Patricia Sauthoff,  A Father and Son Take Inspiration, Santa Fe Reporter, October 17-23
Featured Artist: Willy Richardson, Art Connects New York, April

Stephanie Buhmann, Confluence: Willy Bo Richardson, Catalogue

Ali Gowans, Artfully Saluting the Season, The Daily Iowan, Iowa City, IA, November 16
Visiting Artist to Exhibit Work Inspired by Autumn, The Gazette, Iowa City, IA, November 13
Neil Richardsen, Five From New York, The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, April 2
Penny Webb, The Mouse That Roared, The Age review, Tasmania Australia, January 7
Jordana Borensztajn, New York Comes to Town, Herald Sun, Australia, January 17

Stephanie Buhmann, X Semination, Catalogue
Don Riggs, Writing Under Pressure, Drexel University Journal, Philadelphia, PA

Rebecca Wasserman, Richardson’s Rainbow at Nohra Haime Gallery, The Crimson Feet, October

Press Release
2018 Navigation at Richard Levy Gallery

2015 Clockwork for Oracles at Richard Levy Gallery

2014 Thats Where You Need to Be at Richard Levy Gallery