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Joseph Villanueva is a sgraffito impressionist artist based in Melbourne, working primarily in acrylics. His technique involves scratching through a layer of still-wet paint to reveal complementary colours underneath.
Joseph’s paintings are inspired by his surroundings and the sensation of colors and textures. He enjoys landscapes in bloom, wonderous skies, garden vistas in explosions of flowers, and bright colors. Interiors are also a favorite subject inspiration from his plant collections at home. His palette of colors is often bright and optimistic, which echoes free-flowing linework dancing over the surface. Painting may seem totally abstract at first, but soon you’ll realize the compositions are grounded in figurations and structural elements describing the flora, landscape, and bursting sky.
The elements of land, sky, and nature overlap each other in the painting. His technique is layered with consideration to background colors and washes, which eventually are uncovered in the final piece. He draws freehand over the wet paint with virtuosity and imaginative flare from memory – sometimes from observation and references.
Joseph Villanueva has become a favorite with collectors. His paintings have been exhibited nationally and are held in private collections around the world in 16 countries and 5 continents. He’s been regarded as one of Bluethumb Art Gallery’s Best Emerging Australian Artist of 2019/2020, Art Lovers Australia’s best seller of 2019/2020, Singulart Magazine’s best contemporary Australian Artist to watch and is consistently selling in various online art platforms globally.