We had the good fortune of connecting with Hugo D. Villa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hugo D., the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
I could not talk about a difficult decision, when you do what you are passionate about and listen to your emotions, you don’t have to make difficult decisions, because everything flows towards your objectives and goals. I think the difficult aspect is to stop acting according to the expectations of other people, there lies the importance of believe in yourself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets you apart from others? Talking specifically about my work, what sets me apart is the way I approach the issues that interest me through painting.I have the strong commitment to represent in each piece something that I really identify with, that I feel part of me, that represents my different states of mind, visceral thoughts as well as my interest in the symbiosis and energies between the human being, nature and mysticism. However, a could say my pieces are not narratives, but rather they seek to invite the viewer to do introspection and identify with the work itself. I grew up in a family of pottery producers in Mexico and spent part of my childhood in the countryside. Two factors that strongly mark my work. as you can imagine, becoming a painter was a natural and simple process, perhaps, because I was already in love with painting, nevertheless, with some obstacles along the way. About how my work becomes what it is today, I could say that it has been the search to improve the technique beside the convergence of my love for nature, mysticism and my admiration for how perfect, complex, vulnerable and changeable the human body is. From this convergence is where images and ideas that I capture in my work emerge. What are you must proud or exited about? Nowadays, one of the things that I feel more exited about is my next show, that I´d like to encourage you to visit at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, on March 13th to April 2nd. If you have the opportunity to visit the gallery, you´ll see some of my latest pieces that I´ve been working on. How did you get where you are professionally? Making the decision to believe in myself and find a way to create my own story through my work, conceiving art as communication and seeking out people identify with it. One of my favorite quotes is “Success is not a random accident” I believe that success is a process made up of small actions over time, there is not a single step or jump that takes you to the top. Fall in love with the process and enjoy the present because each step you take (when you are on the path of your goals) is part of the success, you are successful when you surpass yourself, when you start and finish a work, success is taking actions aimed at listen to yourself and make decisions in your life once you´ve heard your heart. Sometimes is not easy but…I firmly believe that doing things with love, sincerity, balance with yourself and with a positive energy makes work and all the things flow by themselves. What are the lessons you´ve learned along the way? I have learned to be more attentive to don’t get stuck in my comfort zone and always take the risk. As a creator or as a creative person you always have to take risks, it brings originality to works, is necessary to take risks to materialize ideas; there is no evolution; without it, the artist and his work would eventually get caught up in his monotonous and predictable way of doing his job. However, when we do what we are most passionate about, risks take a back seat. I´ve also learned to look for the balance between work and life. For me balance is listening to myself and minimizing the pessimistic and negative thoughts that sometimes arise. Meditation, reading, healthy diet and exercise are key in the balance between my daily life and my work. Focusing on every moment of the day, living the here and now, as well as being open and willing to get inspired, because inspiration could come from anywhere in anytime. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? I leave my legacy in every work I finish, I don’t want people to remember me because I conceive life as ephemeral itself, without emotional or material attachments, but I know that each piece of my work represents a specific time and a specific space of my own life. I hope my work can tell you something and make the connection. If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are many places to visit but maybe, to start the first day, if you are related to arts and design, without a doubt, one of the must-see places to visit when I´m in San Diego is the Blick store, in Little Italy, where you can find everything related to art supplies, books and more. And then to chill out a bit with some food and beer, one of my favorite spots is Stone Brewing Tap Room, a nice atmosphere and one of the best beers I’ve ever had.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My deepest gratitude to all the people, friends and family who have believed in me and have encouraged me to continue on the path, with special affection to Domingo A. who has been a fundamental pillar in my life in recent years.
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