Juan Carlos Villegas is a Colombian-American artist born in the city of Cali, Colombia, on May 25th 1987 into a family of entrepreneurs, artists, and musicians. With such a rich family environment, he quickly developed a deep interest in the arts, and with his vast imagination and dedication to drawing it wasn't long until his dad started calling him "el lapiz magico" (the magic pencil). In 2005 after finishing high school, Juan moved to Texas to pursue art, and enrolled at San Jacinto College in Houston. A few years later, he transferred to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, focusing in drawing and painting. In 2014 after his daughter was born, Juan moved to Austin and found a place to call home. Juan's work has been exhibited and published in the Houston-Austin-Dallas areas, and he continues to showcase it, to bring beauty and inspiration to the community.
Juan's work explores the mystical and metaphysical elements of our human experience, and our relationship with nature. The enigmatic and imaginative settings in his work aim to lift the veil of reality to connect us to the magic and wisdom of nature, while illuminating its profound influence on our own spirituality and evolution of consciousness.
With his work, Juan intends to guide the viewers through self-discovery to transform our perception, and expand the world's self-imposed limitations. We are all one with nature.
2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Sam Houston State University
Selected Exhibitions and Events
- 10 Year Reunion Show, Watson Huff Gallery, Dec 18, 2021. Houston, TX
-For the Love of Art, Austin Art Space, Feb. 14 – March 14, 2020. Austin, TX
-Unveiling Vision, Gallery Lucid, Feb 2 - Feb 28 Austin, TX
-Spring Equinox Celebration, CoSM, March 23 Wappingers Falls, NY
-Celebration, Art For The People Gallery, Feb 8 - April 27 Austin, TX
-Divine Nature, Art Campout, May 25 - 26, Smithville, TX
-Allies of Ascension, The Clever Tiger, Aug 3 - Sept 7 Elgin, TX
-Fruits of Gaia, Austin Creative Alliance, Aug 15 - Oct 15 Austin, TX
-MAPS Psychedelic Science Summit, Fair Market. Nov 1-3 Austin, TX
-EAST group show, Pershing. Nov 15-Nov 24 Austin, TX
-Art of Healing, 3rd Eye Lounge. Nov 30-Dec 14 Austin, TX
- Almost Real Things magazine "Dream State" Issue 9 Celebration Show, Volcom Garden, Feb 23 Austin, TX.
-Two person exhibition at Bouldin Creek Cafe, Feb 27 - April 3 Austin, TX.
-Art of Celebration, Art For The People Gallery, Feb 9 - April 28 Austin, TX.
-Messengers of the Wind, Russian House, June 29 - July 16 Austin, TX.
-One Night Show at J-Squared Studios, Sept 20th Austin, TX.
-Merging Perspectives, Collaborative Show. Gallery Lucid, Sept 8 - Oct 14 Austin, TX.
-Wet, Wild, & A Wee Bit of Whimsy, Art For The People Gallery, July 13 - October 20 Austin, TX.
-Dream, Sly Cat Gallery, August 4 - October 20 Cedar Hill, TX.
-Miradas Profundas, Gallery Lucid, October 20 - November 10 Austin, TX.
-Honoring Ancestral Presence, Austin Film School, Dec 11 - 13 Austin, TX
-Mural Mashup, Cherry Cola Dog, May 27 Austin, TX.
-Art Will Save Us Presents: #1. Cherry Cola Dog, July 8 Austin TX.
-Glowed Up, Cherry Cola Dog, July 22 Austin, TX.
-Vuelo de Musas, Cherry Cola Dog, Oct 10 - 13 Austin, TX.
-Transformations, Bender Bar Solo Show, Feb 7 - 25 Austin, TX
-Viva La Vida Festival, Nov 10-12 Austin, TX
-Mix N' Mash, Mexic-Arte Museum Dec 5 - 30 Austin, TX
-SJC North Art Alumni Invitational No.1, Sept 13 - Oct 15 Houston, TX
-Art Crawl, Nance Street Studios, Nov 23 - 24 Houston, TX
-Watson Galleries monthly Group Show Houston / Kingwood, TX
-Art Crawl, Erie Iron City Works, Nov 23 - 24 Houston, TX
-Gaddis Gesslin Gallery Senior Show, Dec 14 - 30 Huntsville, TX