William Burton, Jr. is one of the most versatile visual artists from St. Louis. Working in a variety of mediums, he specializes in murals, canvas paintings, pyrography, illustrations, and airbrushing.A 1985 graduate of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Burton received scholarships from Columbus College of Art and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Kansas City Art Institute. After attending the Kansas City Art Institute, Burton returned to St. Louis and began airbrushing at a local clothing store before opening his own art studio.
Burton has instructed youth art programs as well as collaborated with various art/cultural organizations such as St. Louis Art Museum, North St. Louis Art Council, St. Louis Art Works, Juvenile Detention Center, Craft Alliance, and Portfolio Arts and Education Center. He is a 2008 graduate of the Community Arts Training Institute, a recipient of the 2016 Actors Associates Merit Award from the Actors Theatre in Kentucky, and is the current scenic charge for The Black Rep of St. Louis.