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Maverick San Francisco Art Agency Camorra Fine Art Presents "Visions from the Pen(itentiary):" New Work by Death Row Artist William Noguera

Newly established San Francisco Agency Camorra Fine Art specializes in the contemporary and controversial. The flagship exhibition at Braunstein/Quay Gallery introduces the sensational life & work of William Noguera, inmate & artist on San Quentin's Death Row. Opening Reception Thursday May 22nd (5:30-8pm) through June 21st.

San Francisco, CA, May 08, 2008 --( Artistic expression has meant salvation for William Noguera, a San Quentin resident and current California Death Row inmate who creates thought-provoking, critically-acclaimed pen & ink drawings from his 4’x10’ cell. Imprisoned since 1983, William Noguera’s story is that of a man who has found a way to keep hope alive in the face of injustice, brutality, and unjust incarceration.

Cammora Fine Art is pleased to announce the following events celebrating the launch of William Noguera’s groundbreaking new exhibit:

Live via Phone Exhibit: William Noguera: Solo Retrospective at San Francisco’s Braunstein/Quay Gallery; Pre-view featuring live phone Q&A with the artist, Thursday, May 22nd 5:30-8pm (free); Mr. Noguera will call promptly at 6pm.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 24th 3-6pm (free), through June 21st;
Braunstein/Quay Gallery located at 430 Clementina, San Francisco, CA 94103. (415) 278-9850

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11am-5:30pm;

William Noguera sits on California’s Death Row for the death of his former girlfriend’s mother. He currently awaits the results of double-decade long appeals process; his case and conviction have been called by many, “a travesty of justice."

During a 27-day stay in solitary confinement his first year in prison, Noguera began drawing on the walls of his cell. Since then, unschooled and untrained, he’s continued to create art in a pointillist style which he describes as “monochromatic neo-cubism in ink stippling.” Hundreds of thousands of individual dots are placed, evincing images of startling reality; each piece requires 3-6 months for completion.

In 2006, Noguera told the SF Weekly newspaper that, “There's anger in my art – but I'm searching for beauty,” and says that he’s driven to work for up to 12 hours a day. This, his only way to function in a world surrounded by rapists, murderers, and child molesters; he is still paying a debt some 25 years later for a brief moment of teenage rage.

Cassandra Richardson, Director of Camorra Fine Art, writes:

“Often, those condemned to death find religion as a comfort, but William has found his salvation in art—a monk-like routine that keeps him far-removed from crime, drugs, and gang-affiliation, common plagues of penitentiary life. Each carefully placed drop of ink transports him to another time and place, a reminder of the boy he was in the free world, and the man he has become.”

William Noguera is represented exclusively by Camorra Fine Art (

About Cammora Fine Art
Cammora Fine Art is a San Francisco-based independent art agency specializing in the contemporary and controversial. Agency Director and maverick art dealer, Cassandra Richardson, has produced dozens of shows, many of which have featured Noguera’s work at such prestigious locales as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the SF Design Center Galleria, Intersection for the Arts, and Space Gallery.

For media inquiries, additional information regarding Cammora Fine Art, or the William Noguera Exhibition and Exhibit Launch events, please contact:

Cassandra Richardson, Director
Camorra Fine Art
(415) 671-0858

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Camorra Fine Art
Cassandra Richardson
(704) 649-5060

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