Professional artist, Arthur J. Williams Jr., will kick off Art Basel week by hosting a solo exhibition of his work at The Setai Hotel in Miami Beach on December 5. Williams is well-known for his successful reproduction of the “impossible to replicate” $100 bill in the United States in 1996.
Williams printed an estimated $10 million dollars in fabricated money before landing himself in prison for nearly seven years. While serving time, Williams became a household name making national headlines including coverage in Rolling Stone, Vice, and Forbes. He was also featured on the primetime television show “American Greed,” and was the subject of Jason Kersten’s book The Art of Making Money.
Throughout his incarceration, Williams furthered his talent by taking art classes, and studying the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo attempting to combine their techniques with his talent.
Williams will donate a portion of his sales from the exhibit to After-School All-Stars South Florida, a nonprofit organization which provides free, comprehensive, after-school programs which keeps students safe and successful in their studies.
Photos courtesy of Arthur J. Williams