San Francisco based artist William Rhodes began his sculptural practice on the east coast. He studied sculpture and furniture design at the Baltimore School of Fine Arts, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and earned his MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His work is influenced in part by his travels outside the US and his observations on theology, spirituality, and astrology.
His wood sculptures and furniture appeared in various shows and publications before he relocated to the west coast, after which he began to explore material and meaning in regards to environmental issues. His plastic masks reflect the influence of South American and African design, along with his interest in traditional Afro-Caribbean art and design.Rhodes frequently explores how materials have spirit and characteristics that may lend to particular pieces, often using recycled and found objects in his artwork.
An established artist, Rhodes has shown his work alongside many other nationally and internationally recognized makers, like fiber and performance artist Joyce J Scott.