Virgilio Villalba
(Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, 1925)
Concrete Art in Argentina
Virgilio Villalba
He was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, in 1925. He settled in Argentina in 1929 and soon adopted the citizenship. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes.
He took part in the Asociación Arte Concreto-Invención. He participated with this concrete works in the main exhibitions of the group, among them, the Salón Nuevas Realidades (New Realities Salon), at the Van Riel gallery (1948/9). During this stage he used curves, angles and rhythmic forms in his works that suggested an endless space.
Later, he settled in Paris, where he continued with his creative search, until he abandoned the geometric abstraction for figuration.
In France his works were exhibited at the Latin American Artists of Paris show, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (1965), and he participated in Grands et jeunes d'aujourd'hui, exhibition hosted by the same museum in 1968, 1973 and 1975, and he took part in the Latin-americains de Paris, hosted by the Maison de l'Artiste of that city in 1974.
In 1995 his abstract works were included in Art from Argentina 1920/1994 opened at Modern Art Oxford, 1994, a traveling exhibition that after visiting several European countries, was closed at the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires, in 1995.
He lives and works in Paris.