AD 208 | Emilio Villalba
“People & Things”

Portrait by Shaun Roberts

Emilio Villalba is a Mexican-American painter living in San Francisco. Born in Chula Vista and raised in Southern California, he grew up interested in drawing and art. He created a career in Los Angeles as a visual effects artist where he animated television commercials and films. After 2 years in the industry, he left for San Francisco to study fine art. He’s now focused on exploring painting figuratively, pulling inspiration from both old masters and contemporary artists—from Velázquez to Alice Neel and Basquiat.

Emilio’s latest exhibition, “People and Things” will be on view at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York from Saturday, July 17th to Saturday, August 7th, 2021. 

Show Notes:
  • 00:03:12 - Emilio’s latest body of work 
  • 00:06:50 - Exploring new visual avenues 
  • 00:13:33 - Self-awareness of one’s work 
  • 00:20:30 - Saying vs. doing 
  • 00:32:42 - The psychology of reward systems 
  • 00:36:03 - Identity / fitting in 
  • 00:42:40 - The conceptual basis of Emilio’s newest body of work 
  • 00:53:37 - Owning who you are 
  • 01:03:33 - The painter's alphabet 
  • 01:25:42 - Wrap up

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Posted 7.13.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino