Artist Decoded: Painter Emilio Villalba Explores Inspiration Through A Multitude Of Sources

Artist Decoded is a weekly podcast series created by emerging creative director and photographer Yoshino.

A Southern California native, Emilio Villalba received his BFA from the Art Institute of California in 2006, and his MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in 2011.  He currently lives in San Francisco where he teaches at the Art Institute of California and Cogswell College.

My portraits are inspired by master works, as well as the contemporary human condition. They explore the dissonance created when the familiar is fractured and distorted by outside influence.
— Emilio Villalba