Biography

Joe Villarreal

For over 40 years, Joe has painted portraits, sports art, landscapes, still life, western art, cultural art and contemporary southwest art. He currently has over 30 print editions of his work on the market, many of which are already sold out. His cultural Hispanic prints are the most popular collectables.

Some of his artwork is owned by actors such as Jesse Borrego, Cheech Marin and Edward James Olmos and because he also paints sports art, some of his artwork is owned by members of the Dallas Cowboys and The San Antonio Spurs. His paintings have sold to collectors as far away as Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Italy, England and throughout the U.S.

Some of his paintings were part of the PBS special, “The Mexican Americans” that aired on August 2000. One of his paintings was converted into a cartoon image_ which was used on a national show titled “King of the Hill”. More recently, the president of UTSA, “Richard Romo” unveiled the painting titled “Las Canicas” at USAA and his latest painting is 15x6 feet and was created to adorn the halls of the new Texas A&M University San Antonio.

About the Artist
Joe was raised in San Antonio, started drawing at the age of three, and took art classes in elementary, middle and high school. In 1964 while still in school, he entered his first art contest and won his first blue ribbon. He then attended the “Warren Hunter School of art” after which he went to work as a graphics designer for Southwest Research Institute creating cover art for technical publications, and brochures.

His first art show and exhibition was in 1969 at Trinity University and he has a total of eleven first place awards from art competitions. His many exhibit shows include a one-man art show at the Joe Freeman Coliseum. He has been a member of the San Antonio Watercolor society, the Artist Alliance, the Art Cellar, and the famed River Art Group.

In 1993 a work related injury forced him into semi-retirement. He says that it is a constant struggle, and sometimes it is very difficult for him to paint, but his love for art is what keeps him going.

Giving Back to his Community
Joe donates year-round and has helped over 50 benefactors which include schools, churches, non-profit organizations and fundraisers for people who were terminally ill. He lectured at local schools and community organizations including the Edgewood Academy of Art and Rockford College in Illinois for their 2001 Cinco De Mayo celebration. He stresses to the students in schools about confidence, self-esteem, and personal values as a key to success and encourages the students to take advantage of what talents they may have and to develop them by constant practice!




Previous Board member: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Previous Board member: Cultural Arts Board for the City of San Antonio
Previous Board member: United States Military Parade Association
Member of: San Antonio Living History Association
2002: Community Leader Award
2003: National Hispanic Artist Hall of Fame Nominee