MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
Saul Villegas grew up in a rural town called Avenal in California. He studied his artistic amateur style in school being oblivious to other subjects. Since his early years he found art fascinating and devoted his entire time to sketching, drawing, and painting. In middle school he found art could become a business and started to work after school hours to paint local window displays for extra cash for art supplies. After school programs kept his creative mind accelerating by exposing him with the artistic project throughout the community. He painted a mascot for the middle school he attended, and then a hospital in the small community. In his high school he advanced in art and was placed in honors art classes. At 15 he was accepted in a program for gifted art students. CSSSA California state summer school for the arts held in Valencia, CA. It was a month-long course with professors in the college. The environment of structured art gave him the direction to the style and media that revolutionized his artistic skill.
When asked, what is your style of painting? Saul replied, “I feel art is an ongoing study of different styles, cultures, and conception. I don’t like to become labeled as any specific type of artist; other than to be considered one. Life is too short to settle down in one specific style. The World is full of surprises and everyone and everything you see makes an impression on you as an artist, therefore always making you morph. Showing my view in whatever style I wish to Interpret it gives me the freedom as an artist. Being able to connect and communicate with different mindsets is and always will be my ultimate goal as an artist.”
After high school at age 18 he began to work with a very talented framer named Robert Braun, a local artist/framer with over 30 years experience in art and custom framing. Through his critiques and teaching of his advanced skills in framing he became a mentor towards Saul. He worked at Artisans for two years and sold his work exclusively. During this time he felt like he needed to give back to the community and was offered a space in the historical part of downtown Hanford to paint a mural Bounty of Kings. He often donated many pieces to earn recognition; one of those places was the local TV Channel KVPT in Fresno. They also provided him with a poster that was the featured poster for art hop 2005-in recognition for his efforts. He wishes to bring a whole new level to graphics as well as the arts by combining traditional methods of fine art and digital design. The majority of his work is meticulously designed on editing programs as sketches and later produced in traditional methods. Saul has recently collaborated with other local artists in creating Hanford’s Art Hop. He displayed his line of art, MODERNO, at Arte Américas in Fresno 2011, and the Latino Art Museum in Pomona, CA. He donates to local non-profit organizations such as: Episcopal Church of the Saviour, Kings Art Center, Artisans, and recently Youth Orchestras of Fresno for the Painted Violin Project 2012-14, and the restoration of two horses for Hanford’s Carousel.
His combined skill of the traditional application of art in painting and in graphic design have been the vehicle in which Saul's creative versatility has demonstrated his intense imagery in his portfolio called MODERNO. He has utilized the label for his entire works to advocate his Latino roots through the visual arts and philanthropy.
He has attended College of the Sequoias and received his Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Arts and Humanities. He is an undergraduate art student at the University of California, Santa Cruz where his focus of study is in Studio Practice. Saul’s research focuses on introducing the sciences and arts as a collective. His goal is to share his artistic knowledge and continue on to higher education and receive his Master’s degree in Art.