William Contino was born in Los Angeles, California and has lived and worked in New York, Baltimore, and London. He received a BFA from Alfred University in 1984 and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1988. William has taught at The School of Art and Design at Alfred University, beginning in 1991 as an Assistant Professor, working in both the Electronic Integrated Arts program and the printmaking department.
He moved to the UK in 1997 and continued to teach drawing and painting at the American School in London. In 2003 William returned to Western New York and continues to teach at Alfred University in the Expanded Media Division as an Associate Professor in Printmaking.
William has exhibited work in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. Most recently William has been included in exhibitions in Beijing, China and in Grax, Austria. His work is in collections both public and private. He continues a studio practice involving a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and printmaking, sound and video.