Líneas Borrosas: Selected Artwork by Gabriel Villa

Please go see Líneas Borrosas: Selected Works by Gabriel Villa now open to the public and runs until Sunday, January 18, 2015. Open Daily 10:00AM 
to 5:00PM closed on Mondays.

LOCATION: National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19Th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Museum entrance is always free.

The work of Gabriel Villa is an exploration of individual and communal experience in the Pilsen neighborhood and beyond. The use of iconographic imagery allows for a deepened introspection of the self and the world around us in terms of issues prevalent in our society. The layering effect of such imagery in Villa’s work parallels the interconnectedness of contemporary social structures and demonstrates the imbalance and blurred lines between the individual, community, justice and injustice.

Recurring motifs throughout the artwork on display, such as the cross and other recognizable symbols, build a bridge between some of the most powerful institutions in our country and their influence on our shared experiences. Furthermore, Villa’s pieces offer a more personal and local experience of the economic disparities of neighborhoods, as well as raise questions about safety.
As such, Villa’s work is being displayed in the Kraft Gallery, a space dedicated to the work of local, emerging professional artists. His work invites us to reflect and be a part of the discourse on social inequities that exist in our complex society.

This exhibition considers some of the ills/perils engendered by the complex social, political, and religious structures that we encounter on a regular basis in our society and not only impact the self, but our local communities and the nation at large.

Líneas Borrosas: Selected Artwork by Gabriel Villa

Image: Gabriel Villa, MOM, 2013, acrylic on paper – triptych, 42″ X 70″

Líneas Borrosas:
Selected Artwork by Gabriel Villa
Exhibition continues through:
Friday, August 15, 2014 – Sunday, December 7, 2014

A one-person exhibition of artist & muralist Gabriel Villa (b.1965) will be on display in the, KRAFT Gallery. Born in El Paso, Texas and raised along the Ciudad Juárez borderland; Villa now lives and works in Chicago. Many of his images and icons reference his memories of life along the border, and/or of newfound issues in the Midwest, such as ever-present poverty, or the politics of empowerment.

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th street
Chicago, Illinois 60608

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Gabriel Villa, El Arte es la Salvación available now

Gabriel Villa, visiting artist at American University in Dubai, School of Architecture

American Painting

“American Painting” Acrylic on Concrete, 2013, Approximately 70 ft. x 15 ft.
18th Street and S. Oakley, Chicago, IL

My Home is My Brain: Paintings and Drawings by Gabriel Villa / Public Reception / Friday, March 1, 2013

Image: Gabriel Villa “Landscape: Alley South Ashland and 18th Street”
Acrylic on canvas, 6 x 5 ft.

My Home is My Brain

Paintings and Drawings by Gabriel Villa
Public Reception  

Friday, March 1, 2013
6 – 9 pm
Exhibition continues through

February 25 – April 19, 2013

Many of Villa’s paintings and drawings function like “momento mori” meditating on our relationship with time and our slow progression toward obscurity. His highly iconographic works wrestle with issues of poverty, disparities of empowerment, and the social surveillance of a highly policed city.

“The specific meanings behind my artist’s portrayal have their basis
in human value.”  – Gabriel Villa

Triton College Fine Arts Gallery
J – Building
2000 Fifth Ave.
River Grove IL, 60171

The Art of Gabriel Villa, is a 100-page book that depicts Villa’s body of work 1990-2007. The book includes color plates of Villa’s paintings and drawings, and essays by writers, critics, and art patrons, including comments by Fred Camper from The Chicago Reader and Christian Gerstheimer, the curator of the El Paso Museum of Art.

Price: $30.00 plus shipping $5.95 gabrielvilla.gvilla@gmail.com for further info.

Image: “ArmHead with Maguey”, Mixed media on paper,
5 x 6 ft. 2003

Printed in China by Everbest Printing, Copyright 2007.


“Keepers” an exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art highlighting its permanent collection, emphasizing recent acquisitions created by artists from Chicago, Mexico and the West Coast.

Exhibit runs Jan. 20 – Oct. 21, 2012

Featured work Gabriel Villa’s “Quien Soy, Soy Quien..” Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6 ft. 2004.

2011- Cabeza de Barro / Clay forms by Nicole Marroquin & Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves

Curated by Gabriel Villa
January 21 – June 1, 2011 at the National Museum of Mexican Art

Works by Nicole Marroquin & Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves explored a spectrum of visual ideas through original and provocative works. The pieces transform perceptions and ideas of human anatomy, identity, and social/cultural structures through depictions of natural and man-made forms. Jointly their works transform the space to depict personal and figurative forms, which reveal psychological elements that position portraiture beyond the traditional.

2010 – Corazon Grafico/Corazon Urbano: Mix media works at Co Prosperity Sphere, Chicago IL

This exhibit featured works by Gabriel Villa made from 2007-2010.