Always fascinated by the mess, Emilio Villalba basically paints portraits, contemporary representations inspired by masterworks of the past. Through his pieces, he just wants to explore a kind of omnipresent pressure he thinks we all live under. One that grows out of the clash between humanity — our unique mess of emotions and urges — and society’s obsession for success.
The visuals are a nod to the modern art aesthetic. Subtle shifts, repetition, re-placement, or absence of facial features are attempts to create a feeling of dissonance and pressure in the viewer. “I want someone to be drawn in by the uncanny nature of a piece and still feel safe to explore the feelings and reactions to the pressure gives rise to.”
Emilio’s style is constantly evolving, always in search of new means of expression.