Emilio Villalba is a Mexican-American artist born in Chula Vista, California and currently living and working in San Francisco. He earned his MFA from the Academy of Art, winning Directors Choice Award for painting of the year in 2011. Before his career as a painter, Villalba was a visual artist working on animated television and films. Notable projects include Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Pepsi Superbowl commercials, Nike, and Miller High Life. The artist was an associate professor at Cogswell College and now primarily teaches independent painting classes online. Villalba collaborated with Valentino in 2019 for their presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach where he hand-painted bespoke bags for their winter collection. In 2022 the artist created paintings for their Rendez-Vous collection and Valentino beauty for their Summer campaign. Villalba has been featured in New American Painting, Forbes, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose and many more.


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