Italian artist Guido Villa uses a wide range of media to create his compelling and often visionary still life and landscape paintings. Inspired by the great masters of the Italian Renaissance, Villa seeks to continue the innovation that was a hallmark of this period by engaging a wide range of materials and techniques. Here, the fundamentals of drawing and painting are combined in new ways. Working in oil on canvas, Villa creates dreamy, otherworldly renderings, rich in color, texture, and the use of brushstroke, while his mixed media creations (using pastels, ink and acrylic) are infused with detail and a careful attention to line and form.
The work of Guido Villa has emerged in several different forums, most recently an altarpiece for the Church of Marittima in southern Italy. His paintings have also graced the scenery of recent operas, including Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. In addition, he has developed several series that pay tribute to prominent writers and poets such as Walt Whitman and Derek Walcott.