“The specific meanings behind my artist’s portrayal have their basis in human value. My work operates between figuration, abstraction and stream of conscience. My goal with all my public and studio work is for it to have specificity and a deep and complex emotional life, a total commitment to mining everything that I see in my immediate environment.”
Gabriel Villa was born and raised in the El Paso, Texas/ Ciudad Juarez border region and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he is an active member of the arts community. Villa received his MFA from the University of Delaware, a BFA from Corpus Christi State University-Texas A& M and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MN. Villa has had numerous national exhibitions and has received numerous awards. Villa’s teaching practices include Visiting Artist at American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Visiting Artist at Statesville Prison, Crest Hill IL, with the Prison Neighborhood & Prison Arts Project and The Chicago High School for the Arts (The Mural: History and Painting), Chicago, IL. Villa served from 2005-2011 as Director of Yollocalli Arts Reach, a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art and also served as Co-Curator for the Chicago Kraft Foods Gallery from 2006-2011 at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Villa is currently a recipient of the Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies at Columbus State University (Columbus, Ga. Fall Semester 2017).
Exhibitions & Projects:
Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar/ Visiting Artist in Latin American Studies at Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga. Fall Semester, 2017. “What the Water Gave Us,
painted and facilitated, 85 x 14 ft. exterior mural, acrylic on brick, Davidson Student Center, main Campus.
Flayed: A collaborative installation by Eric J. Garcia, Salvador Flores Jimenez and Gabriel Villa, Zhou B. Art Center (Second Floor Gallery) Chicago, IL. Fall 2015
Assisted with painting conservation of art environment created by Eddie Owens Martin, known as St. EOM. The site is located in western Georgia near Buena Vista. Project made possible by Parma Conservation (located in Chicago, IL) and funded by Kohler Foundation, Summer, 2015, Pasaquan, Ga.
Figure Devices: Printmaking by Gabriel Villa and Ryan Quigley, Hoofprint Workshop, Chicago, IL, April 2015
Visiting Artist, Rotunda Gallery, Department of Visual Communication at the School of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Spring 2014
Lineas Borrosas, Gabriel Villa at Kraft Foods Gallery at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL. Solo Exhibition, Fall 2014