“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 increasingly search of powerful combination of signs and symbols opens many avenues to interpretation, positive or negative, simple and complex”.
Gabriel Villa is a Chicago-based professional artist. Villa received his MFA from the University of Delaware and a BFA from Corpus Christi State University-Texas A& M and is attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MN. 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’s teaching practices include Visiting Artist at American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Professor of foundation Painting and Drawing at Triton College, River Grove, IL, Visiting Artist at Stateville Prison, Crest Hill IL, with the Prison Neighborhood & Prison Arts Project and most recently, Foundation Drawing at Saint Xavier University, 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 has had numerous national exhibitions and has received numerous awards.
Recent Projects and Exhibitions:
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
Artist in Residence at Buena Vista Projects, Buena Vista Projects is a studio/gallery located in rural Marion County, GA. Summer 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
Architecticture, Art and Design at the American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Spring 2014
LINEAS BORROSAS: Selected works by Gabriel Villa at Kraft Foods Gallery at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL. Solo Exhibition, Fall 2014