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Paintings and sculptures in the spotlight in artist Gabriel Villa’s exhibition in Chicago | visual arts

By on July 27, 2021 0


Artwork by artist Gabriel Villa is featured in a solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center.

“The Gabriel Villa Makeover” continues through July 24 in Chicago.

“This focuses on new and recent ceramic paintings and sculptures,” Villa said, during a tour of his works at the center.

A variety of works by artist Kadie O’Connor are on display at the Legacy Center in Michigan City.



Villa, who was an artist in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center from 2018 to 2019, said the exhibition showcases her transition from simple painting to working with clay sculpture and installation. The artist was part of the Jackman Goldwasser residency at the Hyde Park Art Center.

“I found out that I really liked sculpture,” he said, explaining that after taking a class in the sculpting process, he wanted to give it a try.

In the exhibit, guests at the center will see a variety of works by Villa, including the colorful “EL Luchador,” which shows a street vendor in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood; and “Candy Gloves”.

The artist, who was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, arrived in Chicago in the late 90s and currently lives in Windy City.

Villa said his artwork speaks to a variety of topics ranging from immigration issues and political messages to psychological issues.

When looking at his works, there are many angles and viewers can get various messages from his works of art.