Jorge Villarreal is a multidisciplinary artist born in McAllen, Texas. His work is inspired by the experience of being an outsider, without a frame of reference. His early work as an architectural photographer trained him to capture the grit and friction of buildings, their vivid contrasts of color, their imperfect beauty. Villarreal is intrigued by the layers of paint peeling on a façade, revealing its history. Disrupting his routine allows him to see the forgotten aspects of his destination, capturing organic moments that reveal the rawness of nature, and occasionally distort them beyond recognition. His series "You’re a Gem" diffuses the texture and pigment of the walls of old Havana into gemstones, whereas the series "Wet" uses natural window condensation to transform city scenes into fleeting memories of color.
Primarily a photographer, Villarreal has recently begun to explore large-scale paintings. Villarreal has had his work exhibited in New York City, San Antonio, Miami, Seoul, and Havana. Although he travels extensively for work, he currently maintains a studio in San Antonio, Texas.