Today we’d like to introduce you to Grecia Villa.
Grecia, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Yuma, Arizona, and moved to Tempe to study Art Education at Arizona State University. From a young age, drawing had always been a skill that I enjoyed practicing. It wasn’t until 9th grade when I attended my first studio class in a school setting. This experience exposed me to unlimited creative possibilities and led me to pursue art as a career. During my undergraduate program, I grew as an artist while learning how to teach art projects to primary grade levels. My work entails acrylic paintings with a minimalistic style of scenes from my life.
After graduating in 2017 with my BFA, I moved to Tucson, Arizona. I started my career as an Elementary Art Teacher in the Vail School District, and share my passion for art-making with students every day. Meanwhile, I actively produce artwork and aim to display them in public places.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work is based on old photographic images from my childhood that transform into paintings. I revisit my youth and celebratory memories by using these resources. Chromatic color schemes are applied with acrylic paint on large scaled canvases. My style is influenced by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, and mechanical characteristics of the Pop Art movement such as stenciling, graphic black outlining, saturated hues, and flat backgrounds. My mission is to express playful positive artwork that depicts personal narratives about my life. A connection is formed through my content in hopes of making people smile, and reflect back on their own memories that brought them happiness.
How can artists connect with other artists?
In order to connect with other artists, I recommend for creatives to support local artists by attending events like exhibitions in the area. This is a great place to meet new people who may share similar interests. Also, artists can post their art work on resources like Instagram or Facebook to start conversations about their content with others. I am lucky enough to have a community of young artists that I connected with in college to ask for advice whenever it’s needed. Lastly, I encourage artists to reach out to former professors or teachers in their past to seek further insight from.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I encourage people to visit my website, greciavilla.com for more information and artwork. Also, people are welcome to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in requesting artwork.
- Website: greciavilla.com
- Phone: (928)-581-2389
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: gvillaaa