Jason Villegas is a visual artist originally from Houston, TX, now working and residing in New York. His practice utilizes many mediums, ultimately becoming a collage of painting, drawing, sculpture, comics, video, performance, and installation. Villegas has exhibited across the United States and internationally in such renowned spaces as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Museo Ruffino Tamayo, Phoenix Art Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and Exit Art. He has also participated in residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and produced public artworks through the Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY and the ArtLeague of Houston, TX. Villegas’ artwork combines pop and consumer culture references with multi-cultural religious iconography and pseudo-scientific spirituality. His work also deals with concepts of identity, sexual orientation, and gender fluidity, often incorporating motifs that relate to the gay “bear” subculture. Villegas creates a teleological realm of mash-up characters engaged in colorful and humorous scenarios that mirror and question societal constructs in an attempt to redefine aesthetic schemata.