For nearly 30 years Oscar Villarreal has traversed multiple cultural and linguistic realities, taking advantage of these experiences to absorb the art and sensibilities of the countries he loves to explore. Through the years, Oscar has seen his long relationship with the arts transformed by an imperative need for personal expression, devoting himself to the exploration of drawing, painting, calligraphy, sculpture, even embroidery and fashion design. His tastes are eclectic; his creative sources are boundless. His art is strongly influenced by the avant-garde movement CoBra, by expressionism, naive art, pop art, and street art, as well as by the work of artists like Appel, Bacon, Basquiat, Pollock, Schiele, Tamayo and Toledo.
Oscar loves to experiment on a wide variety of media, from canvas to leather, metal and wood, where he paints, draws, sculpts, embroiders, pastes, rips. With the aid of pincers, aerosols, brushes and spatulas, as if they were lighting sparks, he plays with colors and shapes with passion, eagerness, sometimes with violence. All sorts of materials resonate together in a single countenance, emanating as a blinding, instinctive, even animal, force of expression. His works exude like flamboyant capsules of emotions fed by a multicultural, melting-pot universe. Indeed, Oscar does not construct; rather, he deconstructs and recomposes the abstract in his own, unique manner, creating a unique pictorial language, one of a highly pronounced power.
Oscar splits his time between Mexico, his country of origin, and France, his country of adoption. He currently lives in Paris.
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