Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Jose Villalobos
San Antonio, TX
Jose Villalobos grew up on the US/Mexico border in El Paso, TX, and was raised in a traditional conservative family. His oeuvre reconciles the identity challenges in his life, caught in between traditional Mexican customs and American mores, as well as growing up with religious ideals that contrast with being gay. In his artistic practice, Villalobos explores traditionally "masculine" objects and softens the virility of these objects. Villalobos received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2016. He was awarded the Artist Lab Fellowship Grant that same year for his work De La Misma Piel at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Villalobos has exhibited and performed at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; El Paso Museum of Art, TX; El Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; and Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX.
“I protest the toxicity of machismo through the use of objects that carry a history, specifically within the Norteño culture, by deconstructing and altering them. Although new forms are created, I demonstrate the battle between the acceptance of being maricón and assimilating to cultural expectations.”
De La Misma Piel, 2016, leather belts, nails, belt buckles and cushions, 12 x 35 x 2 feet
Sin La “S” (installation to right), 2017, sombreros, fringe, tulle, soil, resin, seeds, 7 x 9 x 9 feet
Sin Los Callos en la Mano Performance, 2018, leather, waxed cord, soil, hammer, makeshift knife, 1 x 2.5 x 4 feet
We have always been (detail), 2018, multimedia, dimensions vary
Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.