Join artist Gabriel Villa for a virtual exhibition walkthrough and conversation with cultural promoter, transgender activist, writer and graphic designer, Franky Piña about Villa’s exhibition, The METAMORPHOSIS of Gabriel Villa.
About the Exhibition: Through an extensive studio and public art practice, Chicago-based artist Gabriel Villa seeks to seamlessly translate the language of Mexican traditions and the personal, urban American experience into charged intimate narratives. Villa’s subjects are ever evolving but always concentrate on psychological and social inequity in our multifaceted contemporary world. His stream of consciousness approach to painting and drawing expose the heightened reality found in everyday objects and places. Hyde Park Art Center is proud to introduce Villa’s new direction into installation, clay sculpture created during his Jackman Goldwasser Residency along with previous paintings.
About Gabriel Villa: 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 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 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 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 was a recipient of the 2018-19 Jack Goldwasser Artist in Residence at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
About Franky Piña:
Franky Piña. Cultural promoter, transgender activist, writer and graphic designer. She has co-founded several past and present cultural and literary magazines in Chicago: Fe de erratas, zorros y erizos, Tropel and Contratiempo. She has edited eight catalogues of Latino Artist from Chicago. Franky Piña. Gestora cultural, activista por los derechos de la comunidad transgénero, escritora apasionada del arte y directora editorial de El BeiSMan. En Chicago, ha sido cofundadora de revistas literarias como Fe de erratas, zorros y erizos, Tropel y contratiempo. Ha editado ocho catálogos de artistas latinos de Chicago.