About Jesus

 

Jesus Emmanuel Villareal has been recognized for his artistic abilities since his early teen years in Miami, Florida, where he studied at the South Miami School of Arts while taking additional studio instruction with Abdon J. Romero. He earned his B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore in 2006, and then spent three years studying and graduating from The Florence Academy of Art. Upon returning to America, the artist started teaching at The Silvermine Arts Center, in New Canaan, Connecticut, and was a guest lecturer at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Later also teaching at the brand new branch of The Florence Academy of Art in New Jersey. Over his career, Villarreal has won numerous awards, scholarships, and honors, including the coveted Grand Prize in the 2011 Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition, the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Scholarship Competition, and The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant among others. He has shown his work in several group and solo exhibitions in America and abroad. Recently his work can be found in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art and is currently showing at Forum Gallery in New York. 

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Born on March 27, 1984 in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Became U.S.A. citizen in 2006.

EDUCATION
2006-2009  The Florence Academy of Art. Florence, Italy.
2002-2006  The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Baltimore, MD. B.F.A. in Painting.
2005             Studio Art Centers International (SACI.) Florence, Italy.
1999-2003  Romero-Hidalgo Artists’ Studios. Miami, FL. Study under Abdon Romero.
1998-2002  South Miami School of the Arts-Magnet Program for Art. 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 
2012           "Mirrors" Haynes Galleries. Thomaston, Maine. August.
2007           “In the Spirit of the Tradition.” Romero-Hidalgo Artists’ Studios. Miami, FL. September.
2006           “Retrospective.” Romero-Hidalgo Artist Studio. Miami, FL. September.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 “Linden Frederick & Seven Contemporary Guest Artists” Haynes Galleries. Franklin, TN. May.

2018 “Meaningless” Juxtapose Clubhouse. Miami, FL. December

2015 "Celebrating the Portrait as Art" Haynes Galleries. Nashville,TN. April.  
2014 “Wives, Daughters, And Lovers” Forum Gallery. New York, NY. July.
2014        "Faces of Winter 2014" hosted by the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artist. UConn Stamford Gallery. 
                  Stamford, CT. February..
2013        "A Treasure Trove of Small Things" Haynes Galleries. Nashville, TN. October.
                  "Singular Vision" Forum Gallery. New York, NY. June.
                  "Art Wynwood" Forum Gallery Booth. Miami, FL. February.
2012         "Perception of Self" Forum Gallery. New York, NY. October.
2011         "Annual Faculty Exhibition" Silvermine School of Art. New Canaan, CT. August. 
                  "International Portrait Competition" hosted by the Portrait Society of America. (Recipient of the William F. 
                   Draper Grand Prize) Grand Hyatt Hotel. Atlanta, Georgia. April.
                    “110th Annual Juried Exhibition” (First Place) New Haven Paint & Clay Club. New Haven, CT. March.
                   “Pathways to Landscape” The Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Ridgefield, CT. March.
2010         “Annual Faculty Exhibition” Silvermine School of Art. New Canaan, CT. August.
                    “Annual Juried Exhibition” (Third Place) The Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Ridgefield, CT. 
                    “Objects of Art” Beardsley Gallery.  Wilton, CT.
                   “Faces of Winter” hosted by the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists.(Second Prize) UConn Stamford 
                   Gallery. Stamford, CT. February.
2009         “The 10th Affordable Art Fair.” Gladwell & Co. Gallery. Battersea Park, London, UK. October.
                   “Classical Realism” W.H. Patterson Fine Art Dealers. London, UK. October.
                   “I Exhibition of Classical Realism by Venezuelan Artists.” Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of     
                   Venezuela in Rome. Rome, Italy. July
                   “Venezuelans in the World.” General Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Milan. 
                   Milan, Italy. July.                                                                                        
                   “The Annual Young Collectors’ Sale.” Ann Long Fine Art. Charleston, SC.  June.
                   “The Florence Academy of Art Fourth Alumni Exhibition.” Palazzo Corsini. Florence, Italy. February.
2008          “The 9th Affordable Art Fair.” Gladwell & Co. Gallery. Battersea Park. London, UK. October.
                   “Third Annual Florence Academy of Art Alumni Exhibition.” W.H. Patterson Fine Arts Dealer. London,          
                   UK. March.  
2006          “Commencement Exhibition.” Meyerhoff Gallery. Baltimore, MD. October.
2005          “2-D Honor Studio Show.” (SACI.) Florence, Italy, April.
2004          “MICA  Juried Undergraduate Exhibition.” Meyerhoff Gallery. Baltimore, MD, October. 
2003          “Alumni Recent Work.” Romero-Hidalgo Artists’ Studios. Miami, FL. December.
2002          “MICA Remembers 9/11.” Meyerhoff Gallery. Baltimore, MD. October.
                   “MICA Juried Undergraduate Exhibition.” Decker Gallery. Baltimore, MD. October.
                   “Scholastics Art Awards Regional Exhibition.” Miami Art Museum.  Miami, FL. February.
                   “The Beaux Art Festival.” Lowe Art Museum. Coral Gables, FL, January.
2001          “Scholastics Art Awards Regional Exhibition.” Miami Art Museum. Miami, FL, February.

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
2011         Portrait Society of America. Recipient of the William F. Draper Grand Prize for the International 
                  Portrait Competition.
                  First Place at the 110th Annual Juried Exhibition hosted by the New Haven Paint & Clay Club.
2010         Third Place at the Annual Juried Exhibition hosted by the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.
                  Second Place at Faces of Winter hosted by the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists.
2008         The Art Renewal Center (ARC) Annual Scholarship Competition. Fourth Place.
                   Student Teacher Scholarship from The Florence Academy of Art.
                   Best Composition of the Year from The Florence Academy of Art.
                   Honorable Mention for Still-Life and Figure Painting from The Florence Academy of Art.
                   Studio Keeper Scholarship from The Florence Academy of Art. 
2007          Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.
                   Best Drawing of the Year from The Florence Academy of Art.
                   Studio Keeper Scholarship from The Florence Academy of Art. 
2005          Bill Woody/ Tom Miller ’67, ’87 Scholarship.
2004          William Ferguson Scholarship.
2003          Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.
                   William Ferguson Scholarship.
2002          MICA Presidential Scholarship.
                   Honorable Mention from the Florida First Lady’s Art Recognition Scholarship.
                   Gold Key from the National Scholastics Art Award.
2001          Two Gold Keys from the Regional Scholastics Art Awards. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2018           Guest Lecture at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 2015-2017 Instructor for the Intensive Drawing Program at The Florence Academy of Art, New Jersey
2010-2015 Drawing and Painting Instructor at The Silvermine School of Art, New Canaan, CT.
2010           Guest Lecture at The Lyme Academy College of Art, Old Lyme, CT.

2008-2009  Instructor for the Intensive Drawing Program at The Florence Academy of Art.
2000-2001  Assisted Abdon Romero with Mural Project at St. John Bosco Catholic Church.