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Jesús Villarreal, “Sleep,” 2017, oil on wood, 16 x 16 in.

View portraits and figures by realist painter Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal, and discover how you can learn directly from him this week during the world’s largest online training event, Realism Live.

Jesus Emmanuel Villarreal (b. 1984) was born into an artistic family, having a father who is an artist, a musician, and an inspiration. From a young age Villarreal was attracted to the freedom artists have in regards to both questioning life and expressing themselves.

Contemporary realism figure paintings
Jesús Villarreal, “Sunday morning,” 2019, oil on wood, 32 x 24 in.

While developing his artistic skills (prior to social media sites such as YouTube), Villarreal says the biggest challenge was finding training for artists in the style we know today as contemporary realism. In the spirit of this, Villarreal is on the faculty of this week’s Realism Live conference, where he’ll be giving a painting demonstration to you, from the comfort of your home after you register for the event.

contemporary realism portrait paintings
Jesús Villarreal, “Last Portrait of Rachel,” 2018, oil on wood, 24 x 30 in.
contemporary realism portrait paintings
Jesús Villarreal, “Eddy,” 2017 (still in progress), oil on linen, 47 x 80 in.

“The practice of painting from life is like reverse engineering of the physical world. This time consuming process allows me to unravel each layer and reveal the subject’s most honest and raw core.” ~ Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal

Realist painter / figurative artist Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal
Realist painter / figurative artist Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal

More About Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal

Jesus Emmanuel Villareal has been recognized for his artistic abilities since his early teen years in Miami, Florida, where he studied at the South Miami School of Arts while taking additional studio instruction with Abdon J. Romero.

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Jesús Villarreal, “Rainy Window in NY,” 2019, charcoal on paper, 19 x 24 in.

He earned his B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore in 2006, and then spent three years studying and graduating from The Florence Academy of Art. Upon returning to America, he started teaching at The Silvermine Arts Center, in New Canaan, Connecticut, and was a guest lecturer at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, in Old Lyme, Connecticut, later also teaching at the brand new branch of The Florence Academy of Art in New Jersey.

Over his career, Villarreal has won numerous awards, scholarships, and honors, including the coveted Grand Prize in the 2011 Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition, the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Scholarship Competition, and The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant among others. He has shown his work in several group and solo exhibitions in America and abroad. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art and is currently showing at Forum Gallery in New York.

Contemporary realism figure paintings
Jesús Villarreal, “Untitled,” 2019, oil on linen, 53.5 x 51 in.

Save years of struggle and frustration by discovering techniques revealed by some of the worlds top artist’s in just 4- days in the world’s largest online art training event October 21-24 with beginner day on October 20th. Register here for Realism Live.