Adriana Villagran is a visual artist and software engineer currently living and working in San Francisco, CA. She studied fine art at UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice, where she focused on mixed media sculpture and installation and received her Bachelor of Arts in 2012. In early 2016, she enrolled in a web development bootcamp at General Assembly in San Francisco and was the first recipient of Adobe’s Digital Academy scholarship, which supports candidates who are underrepresented in the tech industry. Now she works as a web developer for Adobe’s Project 1324, a web application that supports, connects, and amplifies young emerging artists as a force for positive impact. She also continues to build upon her portfolio marrying traditional painting techniques with contemporary digital aesthetics and concepts. She has exhibited her work nationally and has been featured on BlogTalkRadio, Unitewomen.org, and KVNF Public Radio.
My paintings are surrealistic portraits designed to invite a double take; ideally, making the viewer stop a while longer to investigate more intimately both the medium and subject matter. Each iteration plays with distortion; either of the subject’s identity or the perception of space within the image, ultimately blurring the line between what is real and what is artificial. I work primarily with oil paint, fusing traditional painting techniques with contemporary abstract elements and patterns inspired by both analog and digital spaces. Guided by imagery sourced from social media and popular culture, my work questions how these forces act upon and enforce our perception of self, something that is in a constant state of flux.