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Jovan Karlo Villalba
Miami, Florida

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My interest is in the possibilities of the imagination. Through my art, I hope to initiate a refreshing experience by stimulating contemplation and escapism in a viewer.

Each of my works is conceived as a puzzle segment that provides a glimpse of a pictorial consequence. At first glance, environments I create are inviting and free to inhabit. However, upon closer observation a potentially dangerous new reality, spurred by form and ambiguity, come into focus.

Subsequently, a viewer will find that my work comments on current social and environmental issues while revealing how I see the world around me: interconnected and constantly shifting between the familiar and unfamiliar.


born: 1977, Quito, Ecuador


Cooper Union School of Art, BFA, 1999

selected awards/honors

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finalist, Miami, FL, 2012
Creative Quarterly Fine Art Winner, New York, NY, 2011
Aesthetica Creative Works Finalist, York, UK, 2011
ArtDistricts Magazine Open Call Winner, Miami, FL, 2011

selected publications

Aesthetica Creative Works Annual. York, UK: Aesthetica Press, 2012 Edition
ArtDistricts Magazine, featured artist (interview by Claire Breukel). Miami, FL: 2011
The Emergence of GUILD (essay by Ricardo Pau-Llosa; The Ladder Room Art Gallery. Miami, FL: April 2011
The International Painting Annual; exhibition-in-print. Cincinnati, Ohio: Manifest Press, vol. 1, September 2011

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Tache Gallery: Transitional Dwellings, New York, NY, 2012 (solo)
Ladder Room Art Gallery: Steps From Here, Miami, FL, 2011 (solo)
Demossa Gallery: New Beginnings, Laguna Beach, CA, 2010 (solo)
Calix Gustav Gallery: The Passing, Miami, FL, 2010

selected group shows

National Arts Club in Gramercy Park (Phenomena Project): I love you so much that even when you are lying next to me I miss you, New York, NY, 2011
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood: All-Media Art Biennial, Hollywood, FL, 2011
Seraphin Gallery: The Rite of Spring, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
Queens Art Museum: Queens International 4 Biennial, Queens, NY, 2009



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