Studio and Public Artist, Gabriel Villa was born and raised in the El Paso, Texas/ Ciudad Juarez border region and currently resides in Chicago, IL. Villa was a recipient of the Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies at Columbus State University (Columbus, Ga. Fall Semester 2017). 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 received his MFA from the University of Delaware, a BFA from Corpus Christi State University-Texas A& M. Villa attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Me. And The New York Academy of Art, New York City, NY. Villa is a current recipient of the 2018-19, Jack Goldwasser Artist in Residence at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.