Roy Villalobos is an artist, a muralist, a graphic designer, an arts educator, and a great friend. He lives in Chicago where he works as a freelancer. I met him sometime ago, and immediately I became one of his most favorable fans. His work is unique. Breathtaking. I was really impressed with his surrealistic figures. Conscious and unconscious, reality and fantasy, reuniting the world of dream and fantasy with the real world, captivating your soul, traveling your mind, bringing out emotions like joy, fear, hope, fighting the inner with the outer. All in one. All a complexity driven by his deepest feelings of the spirit and soul.
His artwork has been exhibited in different galleries, in collective and solo shows. Roy’s art has been also published in several art magazines, Australia, New England, Mexico and the United States.
We read at his website:
I am not what I say or think…I am what I feel and do.
As a self didactic artist I find in art the way of bringing to light the deepest feelings of the spirit and soul. Art is a cleansing process that exposes the weaknesses and strengths that reside within me.
I believe noble gifts come from a divine source. Thus I leave my subconscious to guide me through the creation of surrealistic metamorphic human figures. These figures become a reaction of personal experiences lived with all relations searching for the muse that will bring about balance.
Oil and acrylics guide my journey on the canvas. I do allow myself to be lead through pastels, water colors and mixed-media to create 3 dimensional sculptures.
View below a small collection of his work. Visit his website to find more artworks to inspire your mind.
Tequila Barrel (side and back side)
Over the past few years, Roy has become a respected and well-know muralist in the City of Chicago. His work has been commissioned from organizations in the public and private sector. A signature piece of his work is a 38 ft. high by 18 ft long public mural located in 1821 S. Allport St. titled, “Globalization”.
Social Design Posters
Roy has been participated as a juror in many social design poster competitions and has designed very significant posters.
Roy Villalobos is a self thought artist, arts educator and community organizer. His art influenced by surrealism in acrylic oil on canvas or scultpure. Roy is also an experienced graphic designer and much of his projects are within a cultural and social context targeting the Hispanic community. Over the past few years, Roy has become a respected and well-know muralist in the City of Chicago. His work has been commissioned from organizations in the public and private sector. A signature piece of his work is a 38 ft. high by 18 ft long public mural located in 1821 S. Allport St. titled, “Globalization”. In 1998, the National Museum of Mexican Arts of Chicago invited him to submit a piece he made in San Luis Potosi, Mexico were he lived for several years, to the group exhibit for “Day of the Dead”. In the year 2000 he moved back to his native Chicago in the Pilsen Community where he has been heavily involved with the art community. He has consulted several local non-profit organizations. Roy’s commissions include several landscape murals at local restaurants to public art. He was ommissioned to paint a canvas commemorating Cesar Chavez to be placed at postal ofice in Pilsen in 2004. He was commissioned to paint a 17 ft. long mural by 4ft. high at Casa Aztlan, a community organization in 2006, titled “Reforma Laica”. Another significant project was the art he created for the 34th Annual Salsedo Press May Day Blast event poster. Nationally he has was awarded the 1rst place Heineken Company national mural contest and his mural was installed for 3 years at the corner of Milwaukee Ave. and Paulina St. in Chicago, IL. In 2009 Roy was commissioned to create the trophy “Premios Coa” for Sauza Tequila Co., an award given for movie directors and the actor John Leguziamo. In 2009 was commissioned to paint a 47 ft long by 8 ft high mural for the Mc Aulife Elementary School Auditorium. Currently Roy has finished painting a 44 ft long by 4 ft high mural for a high school corridor. Recentrly created 8 watercolor illustrations for the Coca Cola Co. of the CONCACAF World Soccer Cup. Since 2006 Roy has been contracted to serve as an art teacher for The Northeastern University’s Chicago Teachers Center. Member of the world wide Beinart Surreal Art Collective.