A native to East Tennessee, Michael Aaron Williams is best known for his ethereal portraiture. These paintings are created using coffee and ink on antique ledger paper to capture the ephemeral nature of people and society. The ledger paper comes from an old, rural Appalachian store owned by his great-great-grandparents in the early 1900's. The fragile nature of the ledger paper mirrors the often fractured portraits that depict beauty despite their imperfections. In a similar context, Michael’s street art is a narrative of the people whose lives are lived on the streets.
As an avid street artist since 2009, Michael has installed his work on the streets of over 15 different countries. Through television features and magazine publications, he has received international recognition in Brazil, Australia, China, India, Germany and the United Kingdom, amongst others. His work has been exhibited extensively both domestically in the United States as well as internationally with shows in Los Angeles, Paris and Rome, to name a few. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and recently received his Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
For more information about coffee paintings and other artworks of Michael Aaron Williams, please visit his website, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.