The Guardian | Adam Gabbatt

William A Noguera has spent almost 30 years on death row. He lives alone in a tiny cell in San Quentin prison, California. The previous execution in the state was in 2006, but Noguera lives with his death sentence hanging over him every day.

But against that backdrop, Noguera has become an internationally recognized artist, his hyper-realistic compositions and abstract paintings exhibited in Paris, New York and London.

In a new book, Escape Artist, Noguera charts the abusive upbringing that preceded him committing murder, while documenting in brutal detail the violence and isolation he faces daily in San Quentin – one of the most violent prisons in the US… read more 

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