December 9, 2022


Art Is Experience

Juxtapoz Magazine – Emilio Villalba “Besides” @ Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco

Juxtapoz Magazine - Emilio Villalba "Besides" @ Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco

Last 7 days, we shared an personal conversation and studio visit with San Francisco-primarily based painter Emilio Villalba, on the eve of his new solo present, Moreover, at Hashimoto Modern in SF. Currently we have a total preview of the exhibition, which opens Oct 1st in the Bay Region. 

Returning to the gallery for his 2nd solo presentation, Villalba’s newest perform even more abstracts the subject in textured, energetic marks. The abundant surfaces of the paintings are imbued with a perception of spontaneity and motion. Focussing on the character of the people today and day-to-day scenes about him instead than a representational image, the thickly used paint evokes a perception of succinct intimacy.

The works on canvas variety from personal portraits to collage-like stream of consciousness nevertheless lives. Functioning as diary entries, the collage compositions overlap private moments and domestic vignettes to make non-linear narratives of the artist’s lifestyle. Employing singular photo references for numerous compositions, Villalba examines the spectrum of moods and properties of each individual topic. The functions on paper and canvas sheets carry on these compositional explorations with plein air scenes, further more reinforcing Villalba’s confident and candid apply.