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Bill Viola Biography

Bill Viola (b.1951) is widely recognized as one of the leading video artists on the international scene. For over 30 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, and works for television broadcast. Viola’s video installations—total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound—employ state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. His single channel videotapes have been broadcast and presented cinematically around the world, while his writings have been published and anthologized for international readers.

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Since the early 1970s, Viola has used video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on universal human experiences—birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness—and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach.

Viola received his BFA in Experimental Studios from Syracuse University in 1973. Since then he has created over 150 works that have been shown in museums, galleries, film festivals, and on public television worldwide. During the 1970s he lived for 18 months in Florence, Italy, as technical director of production in one of the first video art studios in Europe, and then travelled widely to study and record traditional performing arts in the Solomon Islands, Java, Bali, and Japan. In 1977 Viola was invited to show his videotapes at La Trobe Univerisity (Melbourne, Australia) by cultural arts director Kira Perov who, a year later, left Australia to join him in New York. They began a lifelong collaboration, working and travelling together. After they married in 1980 they lived in Japan for a year and a half on a Japan/U.S. Cultural Exchange Fellowship, where they studied Buddhism with Zen Master Daien Tanaka and had an artist-in-residency at Sony Corporation’s Atsugi research laboratories. In 1984 another artist-in-residency at the San Diego Zoo in California produced footage for a project on animal consciousness.

Viola represented the U.S. at the 46th Venice Biennale in 1995, premiering an ensemble of five new installation works titled Buried Secrets. In 1997 the Whitney Museum of American Art organized “Bill Viola: A 25-Year Survey,” an exhibition that travelled for two years to six museums in the United States and Europe. He was invited to be a Scholar-in-Residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 1998, and later that year created a suite of three new video pieces for the rock group Nine Inch Nails’ world tour. His 1994 videofilm “Déserts,” created to accompany the music composition of the same name by Edgard Varèse, received its American premiere at the Hollywood Bowl in August 1999 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2002, Viola completed his most ambitious project, “Going Forth By Day,” a five part projected digital “fresco” cycle in High Definition video, which was on view in “Bill Viola: Visions” at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark in 2005. Following the completion of a four-month exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in early 2003, “Bill Viola: The Passions” travelled to the National Gallery London later that fall and to the Fondación “La Caixa” in Madrid in early 2005. It is currently on view at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. In 2004 Viola began collaborating with director Peter Sellars and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to create a new production of Richard Wagner’s opera, “Tristan and Isolde,” which was presented in project form by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in December 2004. The production of the complete opera received its world première at the L’Opéra National de Paris, Bastille in April 2005 (with a reprise in November) and will be presented once more at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in March 2007, and in New York in April 2007, produced by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Viola is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1989, and the first Medienkunstpreis in 1993, presented jointly by Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, and Siemens Kulturprogramm, in Germany. He holds honorary doctorates from Syracuse University (1995), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1997), California Institute of the Arts (2000), and Royal College of Art, London (2004) among others, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000. Bill Viola and Kira Perov live and work in Long Beach, California. They have two children.

Bill Viola Featured Artworks

Chris by Bill Viola contemporary artwork
Bill ViolaChris, 2012Colour High-Definition video on a flat panel display mounted vertically on wall
122.9 x 69.9 x 7.2 cm
Kukje Gallery Enquire about this work
Silent Mountain by Bill Viola contemporary artwork
Bill ViolaSilent Mountain, 200115 minutes (looped)
Eslite Gallery Enquire about this work
Two Women by Bill Viola contemporary artwork
Bill ViolaTwo Women, 2008Color high-definition video on plasma display mounted on wall 9:56 minutes, 37" plasma screen
81.8 x 46 cm
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Ablutions by Bill Viola contemporary artwork
Bill ViolaAblutions, 2005Color video diptych on plasma display mounted vertically on wall, 7 min 1 sec
101.3 x 121.9 x 10.8 cm
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Bill Viola Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Bill Viola, Bill Viola at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
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5 March–3 May 2015 Bill Viola Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, We Love Video This Summer at Pace Gallery, Beijing
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26 July–5 September 2014 Group Show We Love Video This Summer Pace Gallery, Beijing

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Bill Viola In Ocula Magazine

Jens Faurschou Ocula Conversation Jens Faurschou Anna Dickie, New York

When American artist Robert Rauschenberg opened his first and last gallery exhibition in China, (he died shortly thereafter), it was with Galleri Faurschou in Beijing, owned by Danish collectors Jens Faurschou, and his now former wife, Luise. Jens Faurschou took Ai Weiwei to see the show and the acclaimed Chinese artist, impressed by both the...

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Bill Viola In Related Press

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Bill Viola’s Videos Elevate the Commonplace Related Press Bill Viola’s Videos Elevate the Commonplace 8 August 2019, Hyperallergic

PHILADELPHIA — When we immerse ourselves in Bill Viola's videos, it is as if we are dipping into a pool that brings us into other realms of consciousness, and the water is the continual flow of time. I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola , on view at the Barnes Foundation through September 15, starts with four works in...

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Bill Viola launches experimental art game, a cryptic ‘explorable video’ Related Press Bill Viola launches experimental art game, a cryptic ‘explorable video’ 25 July 2018, Wallpaper*

It is one the first ever experimental art games ever made and for the past decade, Bill Viola's The Night Journey has been exhibited in venues around the world as a work in progress. Now, Bill Viola Studio and USC Game Innovation Lab have launched the award-winning game worldwide on Mac and Windows PC (and on PlayStation in the US), marking the...

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Bill Viola: Installations at Deichtorhallen Hamburg Related Press Bill Viola: Installations at Deichtorhallen Hamburg 12 August 2017, Arte Fuse

The works of the California based artist, born in 1951, masterfully utilize sophisticated media technologies while exploring the spiritual and perceptual side of human experience, focusing on universal human themes − birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness − and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as their spiritual traditions....

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Dark arts: Bill Viola retrospective marks the Guggenheim Bilbao’s 20th anniversary Related Press Dark arts: Bill Viola retrospective marks the Guggenheim Bilbao’s 20th anniversary 4 July 2017, Wallpaper*

When the Guggenheim Bilbao first opened its doors on 19 October 1997, it presented an ambitious 300-piece survey of 20th-century art. One such work was Bill Viola's The Messenger (1996), a looped video installation in which a naked man slowly materialises from a vat of electric blue water. Upon surfacing, he takes a breath, only to descend again...

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Bill Viola In Video & Audio

Bill Viola Cameras are Soul Keepers Related Video & Audio Bill Viola Cameras are Soul Keepers 14 December 2017, Louisiana Channel

When video artist Bill Viola was 6 years old he fell into a lake, all the way to the bottom, to a place which seemed like paradise. 'There's more than just the surface of life.' Viola explains. 'The real things are under the surface'.

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