Arstanda Billy White

Arstanda Billy White (b.1962) is a natural storyteller. He invites the heroes and icons of his youth into his paintings and ceramic sculptures, populating them with the likes of Elvis, Joe DiMaggio, Redd Foxx, Van Gogh and Eddie Murphy alongside family members, NIAD artists and staff, and himself.  

White’s works are direct and function as intimate, unmediated expressions of what and how he perceives the world. Long-forgotten figures from Black popular culture, hip hop artists, artworld celebrities and local Richmond characters are all given equal standing in White’s pantheon. A deeply social artist, White’s desire to establish connection and offer support to his community is embedded in the way he makes art: as an ongoing conversation and a mutual sharing of stories with his subjects. Whether those subjects are living or deceased is of no concern.

White is represented exclusively by SHRINE Gallery and has had three solo exhibitions at both their New York and Los Angeles spaces. He lives and works in Richmond, California, and has made art at NIAD since 1994. 

Arstanda Billy White’s available work

Arstanda Billy White’s Exhibition History

Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD // Oakland Museum of California // May 2023

Blow Like Magic In Their Face And Vanish organized by James Sterling Pitt // October 2022

The Armory Show 2022, organized by Shrine Gallery // Javits Center, NYC // September 2022

WIN WIN 10 Live Auction Sneak Preview // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2022

This is a Show by Billy // SHRINE New York July 2020

Standing Tall: Billy White // Mule Gallery San Francisco January 2020

Ether Here Nor There: Anthony Grant x NIAD // NIAD Art Center 2019

Turn To Stone // organized by Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2019

CE x CG X NIAD // Minnesota Street Projects San Francisco 2019 

Disability Changemakers // (traveling exhibition) San Mateo, San Francisco and San Jose County public libraries beginning March 2019

Talking Heads: Figuration From Northern California Ceramicists // Curated organized by Susan Alexander and NIAD Art Center Museum of Northern California Art (monca) Chico 2018

Exquisite Corpse: CG x CE x NIAD // NIAD Art Center November 2018

Guerneville // organized By Gerasimos Floratos and Ross Simonini NIAD Art Center October 2018

Coming To America // SHRINE New York 2018

Give A Little Take A Little: Real Time & Space at NIAD // organized By Lexa Walsh NIAD Art Center 2018

Microcosmic // organized by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh NIAD Art Center 2018

Cyrano // organized By Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2018

Can Did // organized By Julio Rodriguez NIAD Art Center 2018

Affinity // organized by Tim Buckwalter Museum of Northern California Art Chico 2017

Flying Like A Rock // Public Annex Portland Oregon 2017

Adult Swim /// organized by Gerasimos Floratos Pilar Corrias Gallery London 2017

Igneous Intrusions // organized by Jon Shibata NIAD Art Center 2017

Souls And Scenarios // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2016

Billy White’s Ceramics // South Willard Los Angeles 2016

Billy White // NIAD Art Center 2016

Variations On a Theme // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2016

Celebrating A Vision: Art & Disability // San Francisco International Airport Terminal Two 2016

Hands and Pants 6 // Faultline Artspace Oakland 2016

Adventure! // organized by Scott MacLeod NIAD Art Center 2015

Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015

Telling It Slant // organized by Courtney Eldridge Richmond Art Center 2015

Making Friends // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2015

City In Motion // NIAD Art Center 2014

Avatar // organized by Justine Frischmann NIAD Art Center 2014

Check Your Head: Some Figurative Work // NIAD Art Center 2013

Where Have All The People Gone? // organized by Amy Miller Village Theatre Art Gallery Danville 2013

Serenade: Lists, Poems And Missives // NIAD Art Center 2013

Undercover Geniuses // organized by Jan Moore Petaluma Art Center 2013

Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013

Spring Training // NIAD Art Center 2013

Superduperultracool Shoppe // organized by Lisa Solomon NIAD ART Center 2013


Special Projects

Hands & Pants, collaboration with neurotypical artist John Casey 2015


Press for Arstanda Billy White

New York Times: As Galleries Reopen, Two Critics Find Rewards Eclipse the Angst (July 16, 2020)

The Editorial Magazine: Billy White at Shrine NYC (July 13, 2020)

James Kalm YouTube: THIS IS A SHOW BY BILLY” Billy White at SHRINE (June 2020)

Disparate Minds: Billy White: Coming To America (September 2018)

Hyperallergic: The Power of Painterly Innocence (August 2018)

Nat. Brut: I, Too, Like Purple (May 2017)

San Francisco Chronicle: “City In Motion”: NIAD Artists Create Urban Environment (2014, May)

San Francisco Chronicle: ‘Avatar’: Exhibition At NIAD Art Center (2014, January)

San Ramon Valley Times: Disabled Artists Work On Display (2013, September)

San Francisco Chronicle: NIAD Art Center’s Gifts Of Artistic Ability (2012, December)