About Rene

Art has been an important part of my life from early on.  I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons and was fascinated by the variety of drawing styles used in all the shows.  I was inspired to draw in order to have the cartoon characters I liked the most, be present every day of the week.

During my teens my brother Martin bought his first camera and began to experiment with that medium.  I often helped him with his photo shoots and tagged along to the shows he participated in.  I went away to college, UC Irvine, and to my surprise my dorm had a dark room. I immersed myself in photography, spending countless hours developing my own film and printing images. 

It was in college that I began to grow curious about other art forms. Even though my major was in science, biology, I took art classes every semester, including painting, drawing, and ceramics.

Post college, I continued to play with various art forms, but it was not until I moved to San Francisco in 2005 that I started to take art more seriously.  The city has been an amazing source of inspiration; the architecture, eclectic residents, and breathtaking vistas have fueled my desired for expression through collage, photography and paintings.

Self Portrait- Oil on Canvas 24x30

Past Shows

current Show/s

Rene Villa

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Self Portrait- Oil on canvas 24x30

Fall Open Studios

9/22-9/24, 2017


Art Explosion

2425 17th St. San Francisco

Friday: 7:00pm-11:00pm

Sat & Sun: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Two Perspectives

Joint show with Martin Bustamante

7/9-8/13, 2017


Kings' Gallery
1187 Franklin St. San Francisco

OBA Group Show

6/17-7/15, 2017


Streamline Salon
3560 Taraval St. San Francisco

Upcoming Show

10/2-10/3, 2021


Open Studios
1360 45th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

Essence of Water (Group Show)

9/28-10/26, 2017


O'Hanlon Center for the Arts

616 Throckmorton Ave

Mill Valley, CA

Tue- Fri: 11:00am-3:00pm

Sat: 10:00am-2:00pm