Emilio Villalba is a San Francisco-based visual artist and educator. He received his BFA from the Art Institute of California in 2006 and worked briefly as a Visual Effects Artist before pursuing his MFA in painting from the Academy of Art University. Following his graduation, he spent a number of years re-evaluating his approach to painting, artistic process, and conceptual realization. Heavily inspired by master painters such as Velázquez and Rembrandt during his art education, he also drew inspiration from contemporary realists such as Mark Tennant, John Wentz, and Alex Kanevsky leading him to incorporate and explore traditional themes of human beauty with contemporary aesthetics such as fragmentation, dissonance, and incompleteness.
His work aims to explore a kind of omnipresent pressure present in the contemporary human condition. He has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions including several with Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco. In addition to his exhibition schedule, he has maintained a rigorous teaching schedule with numerous ateliers and as an instructor at Cogswell College.