ABOUT WILLIAM

William DeBilzan describes his work as “…a place where I can lose myself and find myself simultaneously.”  Born in Amarillo, Texas in 1956, he was raised in the small farm town of Grass Lake, Michigan.  DeBilzan’s mid-western upbringing provided a deep connection to family values and friendship that would later be expressed through his art.  He often incorporates elements within his paintings and rustic frames that are reflective of his life’s journey. 

DeBilzan traveled west to Southern California in his early twenties and launched a construction company that focused on tile design.  He owned and operated the business for 18 years.  During a difficult time in his mid-thirties, he found solace in visiting art galleries and soon began to experiment with painting.  Very quickly discovering that painting was his true passion, he taught himself to use a variety of mediums and dedicated an increasing amount of his time to creating. His work was soon validated during the process of selling his house, as he found that prospective buyers were more interested in his paintings than the house.  DeBilzan began selling his work at local art fairs and his confidence grew.  He found that painting felt more like play than work and knew that he wanted to dedicate his life to it.  He subsequently invested everything he had to open a gallery in Laguna Beach, California.  There he worked relentlessly, spending many hours in the studio to meet the demand for his paintings. 

DeBilzan went on to open galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Delray Beach, Florida while exhibiting in up to 27 galleries simultaneously, both domestic and international.  Now entering the third decade of his artistic career, his paintings and sculptures are collected and exhibited worldwide.  His list of accomplishments is long and includes an extensive mural and sculpture installation at the Marriott Central Park in New York, massive paintings for the lobbies and conference rooms of major corporations, and a painting installation at the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai.  DeBilzan has a passion for fashion, too, and in addition to his couture and casual wear lines has had a decade-long luxury handbag collaboration with Mario Hernandez of Bogota, Columbia.

Beginning as an abstract expressionist, today his work is immediately recognizable by his elongated figures, engaging textures, and rich color palette.  DeBilzan explores themes of loneliness, friendship, and love, drawing on his own experiences while leaving his work entirely open to interpretation. He often conveys his love of the ocean and Caribbean Islands through the use of warm colors and simple compositions.  To many viewers his paintings represent a visual expression of freedom and an easier, more playful take on art and life.  Indeed, many of his collectors comment on the “good vibes” that DeBilzan’s paintings bring to their home.

DeBilzan’s Laguna Beach gallery is now entering it’s 28th year in operation, while his Delray Beach gallery approaches it’s 17th year.  He resides with his family in Florida and continues to create in his studio in Delray Beach. 

 

Select Institutional Collections

Forcepoint, Boston, MA

Marriott Hotel, New York City, NY

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI

 

Select Private Collections 

Adam Sandler, CA

Tony Hawk, CA

Shaquille O’Neal, FL

Kevin James, FL

Erin Eckhart, CA

Eric Johnson, CA

Dyan Cannon, CA

Steve Zhan, CA

 

Select Domestic Exhibitions

Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

Gallery One, Dana Point, CA

Coda Galleries, New York City, NY

Soho Magidson Fine Art, New York City, NY

Casa Chic, South Hampton, NY

William DeBilzan Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Popejoy Hall Vivaldi’s, Albuquerque, NM

Vail Village Art, Vail, CO

Magidson Fine Art, Aspen, CO

Beaver Creek Sophia George Gallery, Denver, CO

Wynne Faulkner Gallery, Evergreen, CO

Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

Harris Magee Gallery, Jackson, MI

Ella Sharpe Museum, Jackson, MI

Coda Gallery, Park City, UT

Wood River Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Elizabeth Edwards Gallery, Maui, HI

Bucks County of Fine Art Gallery, Bucks County, PA

Burton Gallery, Delray Beach, FL

New River Fine Art Gallery, Naples, FL

Artsonian, Miami, FL

Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

Fort Windsor Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Orlando Soho Arts South Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

Windsor Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Wren Sharp Gallery, Key West, FL

Gallerie 224, Laguna Beach, CA

Elena Zass Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Huntington Beach Arts Center, Huntington Beach, CA

Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Claremont Gallery, Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA

Irvine Studio Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

Two Guys from Verona Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

 

Select International Exhibitions

Gallery Ghan, Tokyo, Japan

Unika Gallery, Rome, Italy

Kunst Haus, Cologne, Germany

Jaqueline Schnitzer Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany

Castle of Bamenohl, Attendorn, Germany

 

Select Film and TV

CSI Miami

Frasier

Spin City

Just Shoot Me

Burn Notice

Joey

Movie Stars

CNN (2 interviews)

 

One of two massive DeBilzan paintings installed in the lobby of Forcepoint’s global headquarters, Boston, MA
Sculptures by Wiliam DeBilzan in the lobby of the Marriott Central Park, New York, NY
DeBilzan skyline mural in the restaurant of the Marriott Central Park, New York, NY
One of several large DeBilzan murals at the Marriott Central Park, New York, NY
One of the multiple DeBilzan paintings in the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
Exhibition of DeBilzan’s abstract paintings at the Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

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