Today we’d like to introduce you to Hugo D. Villa.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in a family of artisans, in a home full of paintings, ceramics, brushes and other materials with which I could work and have fun all the time. Since I was a child I knew I wanted to be a visual artist, I never cared about the comments about the social stigma regarding this degree. My first tutor was my uncle, a fan of painting who introduced me to the oil technique and many years later I took the degree of visual arts in the city of Guadalajara. During and after the degree I was experimenting with different painting and drawing techniques but finally, the acrylic and oil painting were the ones that I best identify with, however, I think in painting you never end up experimenting and learning.
Currently, I teach private painting classes alternating with my work in the studio. Painting has become my way of life and has taken me to explore life itself, it has taken me to different latitudes, it has helped me to discover myself, to discover my limitations and qualities, to find my own identity, to value, defend and expose diversity as an enrichment of my own being and of humanity.
Please tell us about your art.
For me, painting and art, in general, have the responsibility of generate questions to the spectator, of provoking doubts and emotions, that invite reflection and not only contemplation to contribute to the social enrichment and cultural memory.
The circumstances and the flow of life have led me to deal with different themes in my work, but in recent years I have been very passionate about the cosmovision of the first Mesoamerican peoples and their mythology, I am fascinated by their connection with nature, magic, and spirituality with animals; like the “nahuales”, shamanic human beings with the capacity to transform themselves into animals. In my work, I try that each character introduces the spectator in an alternate, sublime and provocative world where at the same time they identify themselves and makes use of it to understand themselves.
As part of my creative process, I love to escape from the city occasionally to enter in the nature in search of textures, colors, animal remains or anything that captivates me in the journey, at the same time it is a moment of inspiration and reflection about our animal side, our wild side, our connection with nature and the energy that flows in all beings.
The movement and the transformation are recurrent in my work, the characters are fused with confused textures, animal elements, perhaps, fleshy, sensual and exquisite forms to represent the constant changes, the desire and the perpetual dissatisfaction of the human being; Nothing is static or permanent, neither we nor our surroundings, we always find movement even in our thoughts. Color in these forms of contemporary shamanism invades the characters, flows, melts together with them and vanishes, representing the surreal, the inexplicable, the magic and diversity of humanity and that together generate confusion in the work itself to invite the viewer to stop, to try to understand and reflect in the same way that I think we should observe life itself.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Work and work is the only way to improve your technique. For me its a necessity to be alone while I’m working, its time to be with yourself, your own thoughts, ideas and face the fears to reach a sincere work with yourself, but on the other hand, I hardly recommend to meet with another artist, in order to expand perspective and opportunities. Nowadays, its easier to connect with others by social networks and know about their work, technique, ask some questions, organize and be part of art events all around the world.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’m exhibiting some pieces at 30 South Gallery this month, in the Coaster’s Show.
Permanently you can find some of my paintings at Galeria Uno in Puerto Vallarta, Mex.
The website is in the process, but for the moment you can find my work on Instagram and Facebook. If you want to support my work or the one of any artist, every single “like,” comment and share the work in social networks is important, or you can ask for available works if you wish to buy one.
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