Jose Villalobos

Villalobos' large, architectonic works feature solid forms that also appear evanescent, and areas of mass that are acted upon by a lively line or by drips of pigment.

Biography

The abstract paintings of Jose Villalobos establish a dynamic tension through the interplay of opposites. The large, architectonic works feature solid forms that also appear evanescent, and areas of mass that are acted upon by a lively line or by drips of pigment. In a Villalobos painting fluidity tempers stability, foreground commingles with infinite space, light frames darkness, and warm colors are in dialogue with cool tones. Villalobos’s well-structured paintings unfold like musical compositions, with subtle relationships emerging slowly, working in concert with the initial impact of his biomorphic arches and openings and geometric debris.

The counterpoint of elements is energetic. Unified by the force of rhythms across the picture plane, shapes, forms and colors move at once out of depth and into space, left, right, up and down in ways that suggest flux or becoming. It is as if his abstractions exist only temporarily, and will change into some other configuration in the next moment, or will flow, like flotsam and jetsam, down the cosmic river.

Each Villalobos painting is a closed system of relationships, and this effect of elements working together from top to bottom and side-to-side, amounts to a visual journey undertaken by Villalobos—and the viewer—into a personal, interior place full of psychological portents.

The Oaxacan painter was trained as an architect at the Autonomous National University of Mexico and practiced this profession for years before the calling of painting was too loud to ignore. Villalobos has been influenced by Mexican modernist painters, including Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo, and uses the earth tones and soulful colors of primitive Mexican culture in his abstract vehicles. Since the early 1980s, Villalobos has exhibited in Mexico City and throughout Mexico.

Born

1950 Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.


Education

Architecture, The Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2018 35th Anniversayr Group Exhibition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2015 Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009 Art of Oaxaca, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2008 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2004 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

1999 Las Tierras Altas, Cultural Center of Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico.

1998 Las Tierras Altas, Contemporary Art Museum of Oaxaca,  Mexico.

1996 Houses and Things, Kin Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1995 Mixteca´s Canvas, Sintesis Gallery, Puebla, Mexico.

1994  El Mar Baldio, Presentation of Engravings created under sponsorship of the Arts, International Education Institute, Cultural Institute of Mexico, New York, NY.

1993 Time and It’s Places, Quetzallí´s Gallery, Oaxaca, Mexico.

1992 De todas suertes, Kin Gallery, Mexico City.

1991 Vestigios Obstinados, Kin Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1989 Rastros de Tiempo, Kin Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1988 Varia Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico.

1987 Ofrendas y Reliquias, Frida Kahlo Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1986 Earthly Days, Kin Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

            Spring Festival in the Historical Section, Gallery of the Cultural  Centre of the Ministry of Finance, Mexico City, Mexico.

1985 Four Painters, Varia Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico.

1984 Visual Arts and Aesthetic Investigations Center, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

            El Paisaje Veracruzano, University of Veracruz Gallery,  Veracruz, Mexico.

            Leon, Taxco Gallery, INBA, Aguascalientes, Isauro Martinez  Theatre, Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico.

            Oils and Watercolours, University Gallery of the UAP, Puebla, Mexico.

            River Waters, Sponsored by Tierra Adentro, INBA, Casa de la Cultura de Celaya, Mexico.

            Guanajuato, Instituto Potosino de Bellas Artes, San Luis Potosi; Fine Arts Institute of Tamaulipas, Victoria, Mexico.

            Tamaulipas, Centre of Visual Arts and Aesthetic Research, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

            Monterrey Cultural Centre, Nuevo, Mexico.

1983 Plastica Zapoteca, University Pinacotheca, Autonomous University of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico.

            First Place Watercolors, Gallery of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico.

1981 Agora Gallery, Fonapas, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Selected Artworks

Agus Dolce

Agus Dolce

Oil on Canvas

47 x 59 inches

VIL030937

Long Day

Long Day

Oil on Canvas

55 x 79 inches

180620

Paisaje con Vestigios

Paisaje con Vestigios

Oil on Canvas

55 x 63 inches

071061

Alegria de Viento

Alegria de Viento

Oil on Canvas

63 x 55 inches

071058

Mapa

Mapa

Oil on Canvas

47 x 55 inches

071056

The Threshold of Day

The Threshold of Day

Oil on Canvas

28 x 39 inches

040996

Prelude

Prelude

Oil on Canvas

39 x 47 inches

040995

Citadel

Citadel

Oil on Canvas

28 x 39 inches

040993

Lead - Like Landscape

Lead - Like Landscape

Oil on Canvas

39 x 47 inches

040991

Born

1950 Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.


Education

Architecture, The Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2018 35th Anniversayr Group Exhibition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2015 Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009 Art of Oaxaca, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2008 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2004 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

1999 Las Tierras Altas, Cultural Center of Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico.

1998 Las Tierras Altas, Contemporary Art Museum of Oaxaca,  Mexico.

1996 Houses and Things, Kin Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1995 Mixteca´s Canvas, Sintesis Gallery, Puebla, Mexico.

1994  El Mar Baldio, Presentation of Engravings created under sponsorship of the Arts, International Education Institute, Cultural Institute of Mexico, New York, NY.

1993 Time and It’s Places, Quetzallí´s Gallery, Oaxaca, Mexico.

1992 De todas suertes, Kin Gallery, Mexico City.

1991 Vestigios Obstinados, Kin Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1989 Rastros de Tiempo, Kin Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1988 Varia Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico.

1987 Ofrendas y Reliquias, Frida Kahlo Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1986 Earthly Days, Kin Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

            Spring Festival in the Historical Section, Gallery of the Cultural  Centre of the Ministry of Finance, Mexico City, Mexico.

1985 Four Painters, Varia Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico.

1984 Visual Arts and Aesthetic Investigations Center, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

            El Paisaje Veracruzano, University of Veracruz Gallery,  Veracruz, Mexico.

            Leon, Taxco Gallery, INBA, Aguascalientes, Isauro Martinez  Theatre, Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico.

            Oils and Watercolours, University Gallery of the UAP, Puebla, Mexico.

            River Waters, Sponsored by Tierra Adentro, INBA, Casa de la Cultura de Celaya, Mexico.

            Guanajuato, Instituto Potosino de Bellas Artes, San Luis Potosi; Fine Arts Institute of Tamaulipas, Victoria, Mexico.

            Tamaulipas, Centre of Visual Arts and Aesthetic Research, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

            Monterrey Cultural Centre, Nuevo, Mexico.

1983 Plastica Zapoteca, University Pinacotheca, Autonomous University of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico.

            First Place Watercolors, Gallery of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico.

1981 Agora Gallery, Fonapas, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Biography

The abstract paintings of Jose Villalobos establish a dynamic tension through the interplay of opposites. The large, architectonic works feature solid forms that also appear evanescent, and areas of mass that are acted upon by a lively line or by drips of pigment. In a Villalobos painting fluidity tempers stability, foreground commingles with infinite space, light frames darkness, and warm colors are in dialogue with cool tones. Villalobos’s well-structured paintings unfold like musical compositions, with subtle relationships emerging slowly, working in concert with the initial impact of his biomorphic arches and openings and geometric debris.

The counterpoint of elements is energetic. Unified by the force of rhythms across the picture plane, shapes, forms and colors move at once out of depth and into space, left, right, up and down in ways that suggest flux or becoming. It is as if his abstractions exist only temporarily, and will change into some other configuration in the next moment, or will flow, like flotsam and jetsam, down the cosmic river.

Each Villalobos painting is a closed system of relationships, and this effect of elements working together from top to bottom and side-to-side, amounts to a visual journey undertaken by Villalobos—and the viewer—into a personal, interior place full of psychological portents.

The Oaxacan painter was trained as an architect at the Autonomous National University of Mexico and practiced this profession for years before the calling of painting was too loud to ignore. Villalobos has been influenced by Mexican modernist painters, including Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo, and uses the earth tones and soulful colors of primitive Mexican culture in his abstract vehicles. Since the early 1980s, Villalobos has exhibited in Mexico City and throughout Mexico.

Jose Villalobos

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Jose Villalobos

Villalobos' large, architectonic works feature solid forms that also appear evanescent, and areas of mass that are acted upon by a lively line or by drips of pigment.

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