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Jovan Karlo Villalba

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Quito, Ecuador

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Cooper Union, 1999, BFA

surrealism, landscape, conceptual, installation, mixed-media, abstract


Born: 1977. Quito, Ecuador

The Cooper Union, New York, NY 1995-1999
New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL 1992-1995

Selected Exhibitions
2014 "Abracadabra" Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
2013  SCOPE Miami, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Finale, Miami Beach, FL
2013 "Irreversible Winners Exhibition", Gallery 2014, Hollywood, FL
2013 "DIRT Yuta Suelo Udongo Te" curated by Onajide Shabaka, Spear Bldg., Miami, FL
2013 "Water Rites" GUILD at the Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL
2013  NYC Affordable Art Fair – Taché Gallery, New York, NY
2013 "Jovan Karlo Villalba" Project Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
2013 "Terra Incognita" A.D. Gallery at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, NC
2012  SCOPE Miami, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale, Miami, FL
2012 "Out of Site" curated by Fredrick Snitzer at CasaLin, Miami, FL
2012 "Puro" GUILD at the Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, FL
2012 "Ink" GUILD at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami FL
2012 "A Midsummer Night’s Dream II" Warehouse Alternative Space, Miami, FL
2012 "Transitional Dwellings" Taché Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2012 "Everything Changes" Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC
2012  NYC Affordable Art Fair – Taché Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Verge Art Fair, "Tomorrow Stars” Greenview Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
2011 “Paint Works” Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY
2011 “Been Around the Block” Christopher Miro Gallery at The Bank, Miami, FL
2011 “Young Blood: So Fresh” Flagler Art Space, Miami, FL
2011 “Jovan Karlo Villalba: Steps From Here” Ladder Room Art Gallery, Miami, FL (solo)
2011 “I love you so much that even when you are lying next to me I miss you” Phenomena Project at National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, New York, NY
2011 "All-Media Art Biennial" Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
2011 “Miami Bouquet" Flagler Arts Space, Miami, FL
2011 “Artbitch” Calix Gustav Gallery, Miami, FL
2010  Verge Art Fair, Artformz Gallery at The Catalina Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
2010 “I’m from Miami Bitch” Yamel Art Project, Little Havana, FL
2010 “Natural Selection” Coconut Grove Art Gallery, Miami, FL
2010 "New Art" The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2010 "Crossing the Line" Buena Vista Building, Miami, FL
2010 "Latin Views Biennial" Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, Groton, CN
2010 "New Beginnings" Demossa Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2010 "Young Blood; New Wave" Artseen Gallery, Miami, FL
2010 "The Passing" Calix Gustav Gallery, Miami, FL
2010 "Storm" Submergedart Gallery, Newark, NJ
2010 "The Rite of Spring" Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2010 "Paint" Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2010 "The Group Show" 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
2010 "Art for Haiti" Relief Auction, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
2009 "Young Blood: New World Mixx" ArtSeen Gallery, Miami, FL
2009 "Queens International 4 Biennial" Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
2008 "Magnitude 7" Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2008 "The Last Picture Show" Artformz Gallery, Miami, FL
2008 "Jovan Karlo Villalba: Premonitions" Tria Gallery, New York, NY
2007 "Deviant Behavior" Artformz Gallery, Miami, FL
2006 "Latin Views Biennial" Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CN
2006 "The Studio Visit" Exit Art, New York, NY
2005 "Art Basel: Visages & Secrets" Laure De Mazieres Gallery, Miami, FL
2005 "Exit Biennial II: Traffic" Exit Art, New York, NY
2004 "CDG Exhibition" Vincent Gerard Gallery, Marina Del Rey, CA
2004 "Transitions" SONO Gallery, New York, NY
2004 "Bino-scapes" Berlinerkunst Project, Berlin, Germany
2003 "Beyond The Skin" SONO Gallery, New York, NY
2003 "Entity"  PaulaBarr Studio, New York, NY
2003 "Wet Paint" OfficeOps Gallery Space, New York, NY
2002 "Primer Salón de Arte Cubano" SONO Gallery, New York, NY
1999 "3000 Chairs" The New York Design Center, New York, NY

Selected Honors
2012 Bombay Saphire Artisan Series - National Finalist, TV documentary and exhibited at Scope Miami
2012 Creative Quarterly - Fine Art Winner, published in issue 26
2011 Aesthetica Creative Works - Shortlist, Published in ACW Annual
2011 Arts Districts Magazine Competition - Winner, Feature interview with Claire Breukel, Dec/Jan issue
2010 New*Art, The Armory Art Center, juried by Fredric Snitzer - Best of Show
2009 Inclusion in curated registry, White Columns, New York, NY
2007 My Art Space, NY, NY Competition - Finalist
2003 Art Dept International - Modern Art Finalist
1998 Gameworks/World Studio Foundation - Visual Art Grant
1995 The Cooper Union, Full-tuition Scholarship

Selected Publications

The International Painting Annual, Manifest Press, exhibition-in-print, vol. 4, Feb.
Creative Quarterly, CQ Publishing, issue 33, winter
Irreversible Magazine, featured painting winner, Art Basel winter edition
Aesthetica Creative Works Annual, Aesthetica Publishing, 2011 Edition
Tschida, Anne. “Take this Art to The Bank,” Knight Arts, Sept 20, online
The International Painting Annual, Manifest Press, exhibition-in-print, vol. 1, Sept.
WeMerge Magazine, WeMerge, issue 13, pgs 70-71
Rahn, Jami Nix. “The Temperature is Hot in Hollywood,” Art South Florida, June 2, blog
The Emergence of GUILD, The Ladder Room Art Gallery, Exhibition Catalogue with essay by Ricardo Pau-Llosa, April
Suarez De Jesus, Carlos. “The GUILD, eight Miami artists, pushes art ahead at the Ladder Room,” Miami New Times, April 21
Suarez De Jesus, Carlos. “Tarell Alvin McCraney portrait and other highlights from Guild...,” Miami New Times, April 21, blog
Batet, Janet, “Guild: ¿Renacimiento del gremio en el siglo XXI?,” El Nuevo Herald, Galeria, April 17
“Hop the Trolly for an Art Adventure,” The Laguna Beach Independent, Arts & Entertainment, Aug. 27, p. 14, 17
Carasso, Roberta. “‘New Beginnings’ exhibit captures seven days of creation,” The Orange County Register, Art Waves, Sept. 7
Suarez De Jesus, Carlos. “Three art shows explore manliness, devastation, and the passage of time,” Miami New Times, July 8
Suarez De Jesus, Carlos. “Boys will be Boys,” Miami New Times, July 8, blog
Almeida-Shore, Mary Jo. “Don’t pass on The Passing,” The Sun Post, Go!: Upcoming Events, July 8, p. 23
“Mahvash Mossaed,” Laguna Beach Magazine, June/July, p. 30
Thomason, John. “Weekend Events Roundup,” Boca Raton Magazine, On the Scene, July 8, blog
Herrera, Adriana. “Ventas especiales de verano, joyas de arte cubano y local,” El Nuevo Herald, Galeria Section, June 21
3rd Ward Magazine, 3rd Ward, vol. 8, Summer
Bluecanvas Magazine, Bluecanvas, issue 05
22 Zine, Twenty2wo Press, issue 07
Paint/Selections, Manifest Press, exhibition catalogue, vol. 43, March     
Balhatain. “Spring Exhibition at NYAXE Gallery in Palo Alto, CA,” My Art Space, May 28, blog
Queens International 4, Queens Museum of Art, exhibition catalogue with essay by Tom Finkelpearl, Jan.
Yankee, Wilton. “Queens International 4 at the Queens Museum,” Gallery Crawl, Feb. 18, blog
Magnitude Seven, Manifest Press, exhibition catalogue, vol. 28, June
Latin Views Biennial, Latin Network for the Visual Arts, exhibition catalogue with essay by Sharon Tripp Griffis
New York, New York,, exhibition catalogue
Robinson, Walter. “Second Exit Art Biennial,” ArtNet Magazine, October 6, online
Fernández Martínez, Miguel. “A las puertas del paraíso,” El Diario, Noticias de Arteamerica

Recent Exhibits

Jovan Karlo Villalba participated in these exhibits:

May, 2016 STARZ
Alfa Gallery
Sep, 2015 New Familiar
The Brayer
Apr, 2013 Demossa Gallery Presents Jovan Karlo Villalba
Demossa Gallery
Mar, 2013 Recent Works
5 Pieces Gallery
Apr, 2012 Tranistional Dwellings - Jovan Karlo Villalba
Tache Gallery
Apr, 2012 Tranistional Dwellings - Jovan Karlo Villalba
Tache Gallery
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