William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne in 1967. By the early 70s, Wegman’s work was being exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. In addition to solo shows with Sonnabend Gallery in Paris and New York, Wegman was regularly featured in Interfunktionen, Artform and Avalanche magazines.
It was while he was in Long Beach that Wegman got his dog, a Weimaraner who he named May Ray, and began a long and fruitful collaboration. Man Ray, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence, became a central figure in Wegman’s photographs and videotapes. Wegman went on to produce multiple books, film and video works inspired by his dogs’ various acting abilities.
Wegman lives in New York and Maine where he continues to paint, draw, make videos and take photographs with his dogs Flo and Topper.