LBERTO VILLALOBOS (Xalapa, Mexico, 1982) is a visual artist, violinist, and composer living in New York City. He graduated from the University of Veracruz where he studied under Mexican pedagogue Carlos Marrufo. He holds a Masters from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium, where he studied with Igor Oistrakh. Villalobos also studied with Liviu Prunaru at the International Yehudi Menuhin Academy in Switzerland and with Zakhar Bron in Vienna.
Along with his two brothers, he is a founding member of the award-winning musical group Villalobos Brothers. With their three violins and original compositions, their music carries messages of love, brotherhood, and social justice. Together they perform regularly around the world and have graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Latin Grammys, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 60th Anniversary Gala Concert at the United Nations.
His handcrafted paper mache masks have become an integral part of his work with Villalobos Brothers and have been brought before audiences all over the world from the Alcheringa Music Festival in Guwahati, India, to the Mexican Independence Day Celebration in Moscow, Russia to the famed Apollo Theatre in New York City.
As a visual artist, Alberto first debuted his work with a solo exhibit, “Masks & Murals of Mexico” curated by Veronica Abraham, at the Grady Alexis Gallery in New York City in 2008. More recently, Villalobos’ work has been featured in exhibits across the United States including “Día de Muertos” at The Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas, “#migration61”, a Washington D.C. exhibit honoring Jacob Lawrence, and “Mugshots” at Verum Ultimum in Portland, Oregon as part of the 2017 National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference.
In May 2017, Villalobos completed “Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay) a collection of handmade clay masks that honor the
memory of disappeared activists, journalists, and political prisoners in Mexico, including the students from Ayotizinapa, Guerrero. In partnership with BxArts Factory, his “Hombres de Arcilla (Men of Clay)” exhibit was presented at The Point Campus in the Bronx in the Spring of 2017.
Alberto also wrote and illustrated a bilingual short story entitled “Los Voladores del Páramo (Flyers of the Moorland)”. The story follows a young boy on his strange adventure through an imaginary world. “Los Voladores del Páramo” was self-published in 2017.