Wiley Johnson

Wild Fan

Wiley Johnson is a talented artist who has autism spectrum disorder. He lives alone, but doesn’t drive. He cannot live and work truly independently as an artist living with autism.  Wiley has a dream that paintings will be his profession. He is only able to continue his dream through the support of his family and those who buy his art. Wiley’s Abstract Art, LLC is the entity used to manage and sell Wiley’s paintings. 
 
Wiley has no formal art training, but started painting as a hobby approximately 2009. He enjoys painting acrylic on canvas, abstract style, but also likes painting on recycled materials and small wooden crafts. He has participated multiple times in the “Brushes with Life” art exhibition at NC Neurosciences Hospital in Chapel Hill and exhibited at a number of art galleries and events in the Raleigh, NC area over the years.

2020 was a  year of transformation for Wiley from a hobbyist painter to an emerging artist. He had his first solo exhibition in January 2020 at the Woman’s Club of Raleigh and his second solo exhibition February and March 2020 at MOFU restaurant, Raleigh, NC. He had paintings accepted into juried calls in 4 separate NC galleries in 2020: Golden Belt Grand Gallery and the Power Plant Gallery in Durham, NC as well as Trade Alley Gallery in Hickory, NC, and 311 Gallery in Raleigh, NC. Wiley was also the featured artist for Arts Access’s  Fall ASK campaign, 2020.

The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation is honored to welcome our Featured Artist Wiley Johnson! Welcome to the Academy Wiley! Your are a true inspiration in the world of arts. Congratulations.

Michael Dergar/Founder

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