Human Value and Image: Recent Work by Gabriel Villa
Valor humano e imagen: Obras recientes de Gabriel Villa


April 10, 2008 – July 20, 2008
At the El Paso Museum of Art

Human Value and Image: Recent Work by Gabriel Villa - Valor humano e imagen: Obras recientes de Gabriel Villa will consist of five, large, portrait drawings and one installation of 18 smaller drawings that all focus on the human form and are, according to the artist, "developed out of personal examination and curiosity regarding the human condition." The subjects of Villa's idiosyncratic portraits are people from the artist's neighborhood and are highly realistic, but the details included reveal the inner psyche of the artist and the sitter.

Gabriel Villa’s most recent project includes the self published, The Art of Gabriel Villa. This 100-page book focuses on Villa’s paintings and drawings created from 1990-Present. Color plates of Villa’s paintings and drawings are featured, essays by writers including Fred Camper from The Chicago Reader and Christian Gersthiemer, curator from the El Paso Museum of Art. Villa recently attended the Ragdale Foundation Artists Residency in Forest Lake, IL. Winter/Spring Season 2008. Villa’s work will be featured in the upcoming group exhibitions entitled RASQUACHE at the Betty Rymer Gallery, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall 2008 and LANDSCAPE OF EXPERIENCE AND IMAGINATION at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL. Spring 2008. Villa received his MFA from Delaware State University and a BFA from Corpus Christi State University-Texas A& M. Gabriel Villa was born and raised in the El Paso, Texas/ Ciudad Juarez border region. Villa currently lives in Chicago, IL. For further information please go to www.gabrielvilla.net