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Robert Williams

Legendary imagist painter and founder of the world's highest circulating art magazine JuxtapozRobert Williams sprang from the custom car culture of Southern California and the roots of the Underground Comix movement. Though known today as one of the world's most iconoclastic fine artists, Williams was also, of course, first and foremost a cartoonist and honed his skills at the Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth's famous West Coast studio.

As a member of the legendary ZAP Collective, along with Robert Crumb, Williams eventually transcended the world of comics by cultivating his mastery of oil paints and forging a career as the pre-eminent artist among a generation of imagist painters who were gathering inspiration from the shadowed corners of contemporary culture. Williams single-handedly became the model of the "Outsider" art movement, influencing a generation of artists to create without concern for the fine art world – a community held in contempt by Williams.

In response, the fine art community denounced Williams and his work, however the sheer mastery of his craft has caused a grudging retreat in recent years. On October 9, 2010 Williams was awarded a lifetime achievement award as part of the Beyond Eden Fair in Hollywood California. In 2011, Williams was part of the Los Angeles Art Fair and delivered another lecture on his art movement as well as inclusion in the Two Schools of Cool show at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Williams lives in the San Fernando Valley in California with his wife Suzanne Williams who is a professional artist in her own right.