About Bill Viola


Bill Viola was born in New York in 1951 and graduated from Syracuse University in 1973. A seminal figure in the field of video art, he has been creating installations, video/films, sound environments, flat panel video pieces and works for concerts, opera and sacred spaces for over four decades. Viola represented the US at the Venice Biennale in 1995.


Other key solo exhibitions include: “Bill Viola: A 25-Year Survey” at The Whitney Museum of American Art (1997); “The Passions” at the J.Paul Getty Museum (2003); “Hatsu-Yume” (First Dream) at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo in 2006; “Bill Viola, visioni interior” at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, 2008; and “Bill Viola”, Grand Palais, Paris 2014.


In 2004 Viola created a four-hour long video for Peter Sellars’ production of Wagner’s 'Tristan und Isolde' that has had many performances in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Viola has received numerous awards including XXI Catalonia International Prize (2009), and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association (2011).


Photo by Paul Rusconi, Los Angeles, April 2014

Portrait Bill Viola