William Duma was born in Calgary in 1936.
Duma received an Honours Diploma in Fine Art in 1962 at the Albert College of Arts. Upon graduating he traveled for a year to Europe to continue his studies.
Duma is currently a member of the Alberta Society of Arts and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995.
Duma is known as a landscape painter, much of his subject matter is Alberta landscapes. He has also painted scenes of he Yukon, Newfoundland, Ontario and the American Southwest.
He has received a variety of awards for his painting such as, A medal and purchase award in an international Italian Show, Best of Show in the All Alberta Show, Artist of the Year and purchase award, Trout Unlimited Canada and the Alberta College of Art and Design Founder’s award of excellence.
During his many years as a painter has participated in numerous solo and group shows throughout Canada and abroad. His work is represented in many major public, corporate and private collections in Canada, USA and Europe, such as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Massey Foundation Ottawa, the BC Government Collection, Mendel Art Gallery Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Alberta House in England and Japan, the Nickle Arts Museum, Edmonton Art Gallery, University of Alberta and the Glenbow Museum.