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Robert Williams

Robert Williams (b. 1943) is a cartoonist and painter best known for his contributions to Zap Comix.

Williams pursued a career as a fine arts painter years before joining the art studio of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth in the mid-1960s. As the famous custom car builder's art director, he moved into the rebellious, anti-war circles of early underground comix. In 1968, Williams linked up with the infamous San Francisco group that piloted the flagship of the miscreant cartoon world, Zap Comix. Along with Robert CrumbGilbert Shelton, S. Clay WilsonSpain RodriguezVictor Moscoso, and Rick Griffin, Williams learned to function as an artist outside the walls of conventional art. His bold use of underground cartoon figuration, paired with harshly contrasted psychedelic colors set a style that was an easily recognizable hallmark throughout the '80s and '90s.

In 1994, he founded Juxtapoz magazine to celebrate urban alternative and underground contemporary art and confront the art establishment that is responsible for the emptiness and banality of most gallery- and museum-displayed art. Since then, he has showed a number of gallery shows around the country, including the 2006 exhibition Conceptual Realism, which attempted to define his ever-developing style.

He lives with his wife, Suzanne Williams, in Los Angeles.