"“High art and low culture need each other to renew their vitality–without each to enhance the other, both would fall flat.” Donald Kuspit, 1999"
Willem Volkersz was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1939. In 1953, his family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Seattle, where he finished high school. After some years of travel and adventure, he returned to the U. S. and studied art and architecture at the University of Washington, where he received a BA in painting in 1965. He was a teaching assistant to the Spanish painter Rafael Canogar at Mills College, where he was awarded an MFA in 1967. After one year of teaching at Ohio State University, he was hired to teach first-year foundation courses at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he taught from 1968 to 1986 when he became Director of the School of Art at Montana State University in Bozeman. He retired from teaching in 2001 and has been a full time studio artist since.