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Philly mourns the loss of Willis ‘Nomo’ Humphrey, noted muralist

December 4, 2018

By Staff

Willis “Nomo” Humphrey, who died Wednesday, was a beloved muralist and a leading voice in Philadelphia black portraiture, whose steady hand can be seen around town on subjects from W.E.B. Du Bois to Octavius V. Catto.

News of the painter’s death sent shock waves through Philly’s artistic community. According to his partner, Valerie Caesar, Humphrey died of a heart attack at age 44. He was the father of three teens.

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