Billy the Artist

It is with deepest regret that we announce the recent passing of legendary New Yorker, Billy The Artist (William Miller).

Billy was “Pura Vida” whose art adorned products worldwide from Swatch to Nescafé. His first big gig was to paint panels for the broadway stage of RENT that captured the energy and vibrancy of the East Village, the place he called home for the last 30 years. Collector Steve Cohen recently purchased one of his famous cows and musician John Baptiste enjoyed playing his custom piano. His entire life was dedicated to art.

Billy had created several books in the past two years, most recently last month with “East Village Closed” — a photo illustrative experience of life in the East Village during the pandemic as seen through Billy’s eyes. Billy loved the East Village, where he found the love and inspiration for his work. He will be missed.


Rest In Peace.