David Willis is a writer, curator and art advisor currently based in Lisbon, Portugal. He holds an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. Having launched his career by working at galleries such as Gagosian and Pace in New York City, he went on to spend a decade in Vietnam and Thailand, developing a specialization in Southeast Asian contemporary art. 

David’s art writing has been published by magazines such as Art Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), Art & Market (Singapore), Vietcetera (Saigon), Heichi Magazine (Beijing), The Brooklyn Rail (NYC) and Art Basel Stories (Basel). He has also written for galleries such as Galerie Quynh, Cuc Gallery, Almine Rech Gallery and Richard Koh Fine Art. His first full length art book, Justin Lim: In Our Own Frame, was published by Richard Koh Fine Art Kuala Lumpur in 2022.

As a curator, David has served at The Brooklyn Rail, MoT+++, Richard Koh Fine Art, and Benh Thanh Art Gallery. As an art advisor, he assisted the Nguyen Art Foundation in building the most comprehensive collection of contemporary art in Vietnam. He is currently writing a book on Natee Utarit, one of Thailand’s leading contemporary painters, to be published by Richard Koh Fine Art Bangkok in 2024.

Join David Willis on Friday, 8 March 2024 at 7 pm for the talk ‘Making An Artist Portfolio’.
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David Willis residency is sponsored by Aura Contemporary Art Foundation