San Sebastián, Spain, 1939 – Madrid, Spain, 2018
Villalba studied at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts in Madrid, in the workshop of André Lothe in Paris, and at the Department of Plastic Arts at Harvard University. In 1966 he began creating his figures in methacrylate and plastic capsules in an expressionist style. In 1972 he abandoned painting and dedicated himself to a black-and-white photography. By working with photography he experimented processes of decomposition and re-composition and explored themes such as dementia, cruelty and violence. In 2001 the Galician Contemporary Art Centre (CGAC) hosted an exhibition entitled ‘Documentos básicos 1957-2001’ (‘Basic documents 1957-2001’), a diary of images which described the general aims of his work. In 2002, at the ceremony of his reception as a numerary member of the Academy, he reads an opening address in the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain, as a response to a speech by Mrs Francisco Calvo Serraller.
In 2014 the artist presented the exhbition in Freijo Gallery, DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE. THE POWER OF THE IMAGE IN DARIO VILLALBA