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William Lira


William Lira

  • Born in 1962
  • Painter
  • Style: Figurative / Free Abstraction
  • Born in Venezuela
  • Based in Venezuela

William Lira (Caracas, Venezuela, 1962) began his artistic education in the eighties at the Fundarte Drawing and Painting workshops. He studied at the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador, from where he graduated in 1990 with a specialization in Visual Arts. In this same institution, he was part of the Grupo Herbario, along with Onofre Frías, Félix Perdomo, Jesús Mendoza and Antonio Lazo, among other artists of outstanding presence in the Venezuelan plastic stage of those years. Besides his formal studies, he attended the Free Drawing and Painting Workshop at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Cristóbal Rojas, also in Caracas.

In the first phase of his work in the nineties, he focused on the representation of the human figure. Then he turned to the representation of musical instruments. His passion for music comes from his skills as a percussionist, an experience that led him to painting. He displays musical objects and at the same time envelops them in a chromatic setting of vibrant colors. In another thematic line, and following this same resolution, he incorporates images of utilitarian objects such as pots, cups, knives, as simple and affective associations with home.

Then he directs his gaze to another aspect, urban space, and bicycles. In the compositions of cities, he recovers the urban vision about coexistence, about the character of the polis, about good living. Among abstract forms of dream cities, sketched in color, the bicycles appear in the foreground, suspended, ethereal. In William Lira’s artistic proposal, abstraction and figuration are combined with extraordinary chromatic lyricism.

This artist has had individual exhibitions in Caracas and he has participated in numerous group and biennial exhibitions in Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Argentina, and Venezuela. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Latin American Art, in California, USA, among other important institutional and private collections.

In the Studio




“Obras recientes”. Galería Astrid Paredes, Caracas, Venezuela.


“Obras recientes”. Galería de Arte Florida, Caracas, Venezuela.


“Objeto, pensamiento y cotidianidad”. Galería Ocre, Caracas, Venezuela.


Salón Anual de Arte Aragua. Homenaje al maestro Manuel Cabré. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Mario Abreu, Maracay, Venezuela.


XVI Salón Nacional de Arte Aragua. Homenaje al Maestro Luis A. López Méndez. Casa de la Cultura. Museo de Arte de Maracay, Estado Aragua. 

Dior II Bienal Cristiana, Centro Cultural Consolidado, Caracas, Venezuela.


50ta Salón de Artes Visuales Arturo Michelena. Ateneo de Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela.


“Muestra iberoamericana de arte primera”. Instituto Nigeriano de Relaciones Internacionales, Nigeria.


“Pequeños formatos latinoamericanos 94. Artistas Contemporáneos de Latinoamérica”. Galería Luigi Mardozzini. San Juan de Puerto Rico. 


“Caracas a Nueva York”. Phoenix Gallery. Nueva York, Estados Unidos.


54 Salón de Artes Visuales Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela.


15ème Biennale méditerranéenne de la Jeune Peinture Escultura huecograbado. Galerie des Ponchettes, Niza, Francia.


“Tres pintores venezolanos contemporáneos”. Espacio Cultural. Embajada de Venezuela, Washington, Estados Unidos.


Nueva York Artexpo Internacional. Jacob Lavits Centro de Convenciones, Nueva York, Estados Unidos.


“Karibes Torremolino”. Centro Cultural Pablo Picasso. Torremolino, España.

Medalla de oro, II Bienal de Caribe Centroamérica. Museo de Arte Moderno, República Dominicana.

Premio Municipal de Artes Visuales Juan Lovera. Consejo Municipal del Municipio Libertador, Caracas, Venezuela. 

Segundo Premio en el Salón de Pintura de Carúpano, Sucre, Venezuela. 

→ Premio de Dibujo y Pintura Feliciano Carvallo, Caracas, Venezuela.

→ Premio Pintura Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador.

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