Pulling from the world around him, Marco Villegas collects his thoughts with drawings, photographs, writing samples, and iphone sketches, only to respond and repurpose them later in the studio. Carving them into wood panels the ideas are layered, printed, and further manipulated to create contemporary images that hint at worlds passed, maps and topography, or perhaps ancient writing and calligraphy.
Presenting both paintings and prints, each piece elegantly works as both part of a series or alone. A sense of movement and dance, enigmatic and mysterious, the works experiment with depth and field while suggesting fragments of larger stories told in an ancient language.
Marco Villegas was born in Monterrey, Mexico and currently lives in Houston, TX. He attended the Fine Arts Program at University of Houston. In 1990 his work was selected by Edward Albee for a group show at Hiram Butler Gallery called What I Found in Houston. Since that time Villegas has exhibited frequently around Texas. He has a background in printmaking, having worked as an assistant printmaker with Penny Cerling Etching Studio and more recently worked with Burning Bones Press. He has taught in Houston, with The Writers In The Schools (WITS) Program as a visiting artist and also at the Glassell School of Art. He has been written about in several publications and featured in Gulf Coast magazine. His work is included in several private and corporate collections. His work is also included in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.