“…working to maintain a spontaneous flow—Buchman doesn’t like art to be overworked or laborious—he strives for universality and immediacy…”

Currently with the Allyn Gallup Gallery in Sarasota, FL, Bill’s abstract and figurative images express something essential.  A lifelong student of Eastern and Western metaphysical thought, Bill’s paintings and drawings combine Dadaist poetics with the expressiveness of the brush gesture to create compositions and figures which offer a paradox. The works are bold and assertive yet their openness invites viewers to imagine their own story line. Bill’s Zen method involves tracing the way nature “behaves” rather than just the way it “appears”. As the creative manifestation of the mind of a skilled jazz pianist as well as painter, Bill’s work combines the principles of music, color and drawing in exciting abstracts which have been described as “symphonies of space, form and color” and in fluid figure drawings which have been characterized as ” lightning bursts of energy condensed into a fine line”.

Bill studied painting and drawing with renowned teachers Victor D’Amico at the Museum of Modern Art’s Institute of Modern Art, East Hampton, NY and leading American figurative painter Fletcher Martin at the Albany Institute of Art, in Albany, NY. His brightly colored spontaneous abstractions and expressive figure drawings may be seen widely in private and public collections in Denmark, Sweden, England and the US. Bill attended Cornell University, School of Fine Arts and Boston University, School of Liberal Arts and has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music as well. Before moving in 2001 to Sarasota, Florida where he has his studio, Bill worked and exhibited for twenty years in Europe primarily in Scandinavia. Accomplished as both artist and educator, Bill, along with exhibiting his work frequently, gives workshops and seminars around the country on abstract painting and figure drawing, combining Zen and Modernist techniques. Bill has made five popular DVD’s on these subjects and works with Savoir Faire, leading US importer of the finest European art materials, teaching and demonstrating his unique approach. His innovative and popular book, “Expressive Figure Drawing”, published by Watson-Guptill/Random House in 2010, is found in many museum bookstores and is available worldwide. In Florida, Bill has been on the faculty of the Ringling College – Longboat Key Center for the Arts for the last 11 years and now teaches at the Venice Art Center too.

Bill states, ““Art has the power to transport us beyond our everyday experience. It is a way to discover new possibilities and unexpected revelations. These are what I seek to uncover. While my work draws heavily on the Modernist tradition as well as the world of music, the actual “how” of my painting comes principally from the world of Zen. Each painting is a spiritual voyage whose goal is to bring to light what can only be seen, at first, with the inner eye. Thought takes form in paint through action. I use line, color and form as primary expressive tools. I push against boundaries and at the same time I seek harmony. In my figures I explore the expanse that lies between abstraction and representation in order to reveal the music of body and spirit. In my abstracts I dance between freedom and control as I strive to translate my innermost experience into something lyrical and potent.”

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions:

  • Allyn Gallup Gallery • Sarasota, FL 2016, 2015
  • Ringling College, Longboat Key Center for the Arts  • Longboat Key, FL 2016, 2011, 2003
  • The Studio at Gulf and Pine • Anna Maria, FL 2014
  • Burns Court Cafe  • Sarasota, FL 2013
  • World of Art Showcase • Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 2012
  • Gallerihuset • Copenhagen, Denmark 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993
  • Tennis Gardens. Longboat Key Club • Longboat Key, FL  2010
  • Herning Kunstmesse • Denmark 2009
  • State of the Arts Gallery • Sarasota, FL 2006, 2007
  • Lauritzen/Rush Galleries • Marco Island, FL, 2005
  • Art Copenhagen • Denmark 2004, 2000
  • Gallerie Des Artes • Sarasota, 2004, 2003, 2002
  • At The Loft  • Omaha, Nebraska 2003
  • Longboat Key Art Center for the Arts • Longboat Key, Fl,  2003
  • United States Embassy • Copenhagen 2000, 1998
  • Galleri Aalborghallen • Aalborg, Denmark 1999
  • Galleri Caramel • Helsingborg, Sweden 1999
  • Louise Rimington Gallery • Faversham, United Kingdom  1997
  • Roskilde Town Hall • Roskilde, Denmark 1999
  • Kunstkorridoren Nådada • Copenhagen 1996
  • Landskrona Konsthall • Landskrona, Sweden 1995
  • Galleri Anesen • Hillerød, Denmark 1992
  • Gammelgaard Kulturhus • Herlev, Denmark 1991
  • SAS Art Society • Kastrup, Denmark 1990
  • Galleri Gaia • Copenhagen 1989, 1988, 1987
  • Blomsten • Copenhagen 1988, 1987, 1986
  • Mærsk Data Art Society • Copenhagen 1989
  • Kreditforeningen Danmark • Copenhagen 1987
  • Det Øst Asiatisk Kompagni, Art Society • Copenhagen 1986
  • Handel og Kontorforbund • Copenhagen 1986
  • Danish Ministry of Energy• Copenhagen 1985




Selected Publications:

Art Book:

  • Satori 2015
  • Expressive Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill/Random House) December 2010

Art DVD’s:

  • Zen Breakthrough: Contempory Experimental Art with Sumi Brushes, Reed Pens, and Mixed Media, 2011
  • Zen Breakthrough: Figure Drawing Techniques, 2012
  • Keeping the Melody: Making Contemporary Abstracts with Inspiring Materials and Techniques, 2012
  • Creative Breakout: The Art of Freedom, 2009
  • Art Is an Attitude: The Art of Drawing the Figure, 2008

Music CD’s:

Children’s Short Stories:

  • Solomon’s Wish, 2002
  • God Smiles, 2001

Poetry Book:

  • Suite for Modern Man, 1988

Film Scores:


  • Easy Street, 1980


  • Faroe Islands Jazz Festival, 2000
  • Galleri Aalborghallen, 1999
  • Gallerihuset, 1997
  • Landskrona Konsthall, 1995
  • Gammelgaard Kulturhus, 1991

Bill Buchman is an accomplished jazz pianist too…

Jazz piano hands -Bill Buchman


Bill, whose style covers a wide range and crosses over the usual borders. performs at select concerts and events throughout the year. with his “Art Of Jazz” and  “Art Of Blues with Steve Arvey” groups.

Bill studied piano at the New England Conservatory of Music and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees there. Bill studied for many years with Jaki Byard and Ran Blake, two leading exponents of jazz and Third Stream music. In more recent times recently Bill has been studying and performing with master drummer and composer Emmanuel Abdul Rahim.  He has played with jazz greats such as Jo Jones (of Count Basie fame), Bobby Hackett, Red Callender, Alan Dawson, Sammy Rimington, John La Porta, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Joe Lee Wilson, John and Lillian Boutté, Per Goldschmidt and many more. Through the years Bill has performed widely in a variety of concerts and venues in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, and Cologne covering the spectrum from New Orleans jazz, music of the swing era, and boogie woogie to modern contemporary and  latin jazz and blues.

Bill is always very engaged with his art activities but his love and talent for music has sparked a resurgence of appearances at various venues and events around Sarasota. Please see the calendar on this site for upcoming appearances.

To learn more please visit:

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To listen to or purchase CD’s or tracks please visit:

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On Itunes:

Art Of Jazz

Out of the Blue

Art Of Blues