Gabriel Villa

Gabriel Villa


Gabriel Villa

My work addresses issues related to class and Mexican American culture, however my creative practice is centered around a lifelong fascination with the human condition. Throughout my career I have explored ideas connected to family, religion, desire, surveillance, and greed. Symbols of societal constructs merge with idiosyncratic imagery collected from repeated observations of my neighborhood of over twenty years. I enjoy the physicality and process of making, whether it is executing a public mural, alone in my studio, or most recently, working in ceramics.

Much of my visual language stems from photographs I take of residents and my surroundings, thrifted reference books, traditional and history of painting, and the subconscious. Encounters while creating public murals have enriched my practice in profound ways; making art in full view of everyday residents invites engagement that would not necessarily occur in a gallery or museum. My recent exploration in clay has furthered discovery of subject matter and process. Ceramics allows me to continue an intuitive approach to making, affording fluidity and flexibility with the hand similar to painting and drawing. Through the transformation of scale and material, I am able to return to recurring themes in unexpected ways. I have a strong desire to push this newfound material through the creation of intimate objects and installation.

I see myself as an artist who is difficult to categorize because I create in collaboration and in solitude; my work addresses political matters while posing deeply personal questions. I have forged meaningful relationships with self-taught artists in my community, yet I draw inspiration from formal academic perspectives. I have done my best to maintain an authentic sense of self fueled by years of being in the world, and I invite the viewer to meander freely through the intricate narratives embedded in my work.






$500 - $15,000

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