Goodman was raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and received formal training at North Carolina School for the Arts. His works have been part of many national exhibits in cities including New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington D.C. He has shown with the National Arts Club, and his works are counted in many private and public collections throughout America. Goodman’s works have also been featured in New American Paintings books and Blue Canvas magazine. Goodman supports a multitude of philanthropic organizations and museums each year with donations for auction, including Hearts Against AIDS and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA.
William Goodman is an abstract mixed-media artist. His work fuses elements of paint, collage, imagery and design. His creative process involves layering beauty, disruption and chaos, ultimately mirroring the complexities of the human experience and infusing his paintings with the paradoxical feeling of being both deconstructed and complex. Goodman believes that art is a manifestation of the different facets of human existence, which bind and separate individuals. His paintings are loosely separated into series, and in each body of work Goodman explores specific ideas intrinsic in to human nature. His 2014 “Cryptograms” series delves into codes and patterns that he believes humanity imposes to categorize the collective conscious. Other recent paintings serve to bridge the gap between action and reflection in daily life.