Arturo Villasenor

Arturo Villaseñor was born in Mexico City in 1965, graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelors Degree on Physics and Mathematics. He worked for several years in the restoration of historic buildings in Mexico City, including the Postal Palace, the Guarantees Building, the East Portico of the Palace of Fine Arts, The Postal Palace and the Monument to the Mother, among others. Thanks to these projects, he had the opportunity to work alongside experts in the field of restoration: restoration masters, painters and skilled craftsmen.
In 2000 he moved to Oregon and started to work in Adult Education and Social Work. He worked in coordination with the Mexican Consulate to establish the first “Plaza Comunitaria” in Washington County, and also he was coordinator of the Access Technology Program in Centro Cultural for several years. In 2009 he joined to Adelante Mujeres— another renown non-profit organization in the Portland Metro area— and continued his work in Adult Education, Computer literacy, and business training for Latino entrepreneurs. In parallel with the formal work he always worked in his artistic facet as a poet, professional painter, graphic designer, sculptor, translator, writer, and photographer.


My work

As a visual artist and immigrant, my work is a tribute of my cultural heritage and an echo of my identity as a Latino. My art is a personal tribute to my ancestors and a way for me to connect with my roots. Through my art, I aim to open a window to the beauty and diversity of my culture. It is also a way for me to share my experiences and perspectives with the world and my goal is to create paintings (and other types of art) to celebrate beauty and life, what we are and what we love, at least from my particular point of view, and I do Art because I need to do it, and I really want express myself beyond words with images, light, colors, shapes and traces, trying to be as close as possible to what I want to share of my personal travel.

Quetzalcóatl toma I “Quetzalcóatl toma I”

Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 24 by 18 in.

Águila mexicana toma III “Águila mexicana toma III”

Acrylic on canvas, 18 by 24 in.

Frida Kahlo II “Frida Kahlo II”

Acrylic on canvas, 36 by 48 in.

El Hombre “El Hombre”

Acrylic on canvas, 18 by 24 in.

Laura “Laura”

Acrylic on canvas mounted on illustration board, 12 by 16 in.