Now 82, William King has been showing figurative sculpture on a regular basis in New York for over 50 years. His familiar, often long-legged figures, embodying a unique blend of social satire, fantasy, and an affectionate eye for everyday life, have long been recognized as a distinctive contribution to American art. King was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in Coconut Grove, Miami. After attending the University of Florida, he moved to New York in 1945 and graduated from Cooper Union in 1948. The following year, he went to Rome on a Fulbright scholarship. He has taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the University of California, Berkeley, and elsewhere. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was president of the National Academy of Design between 1994 and 1998.