Born in 1976, Lecco, Italy. Lives and works in Genoa. In 2004 he received a degree in architecture
from the Politecnico of Milan, whereupon he decided to devote himself to painting.
His first exhibition experiences are related to national painting competitions including the Morlotti
Prize of Imbersago and the Carlo Dalla Zorza prize, hosted by Ponte Rosso gallery in Milan.
His first solo exhibition was in 2001 at Mosaico gallery in Chiasso with essays by Giorgio Seveso.
In 2007 Villa participates in the Harlem studio fellowship in New York, taking part in the group show
The Pioneers curated by Raffaele Bedarida and he won the Premio Celeste for painting.
Since 2007 he participates in the Salon des Estampes, Paris, with Galleria Bellinzona; in 2009 one
edition of his prints was acquired by BDIC (Bibliotheque de documentation contemporaine international-
musée d’histoire contemporaine), Paris.
In 2011 he was invited together with other artists to produce twelve illustrations for the New Ambrosian
Gospel wanted by Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi and destined for the Milan Cathedral.
Recent personal exhibitions include:
Opera Grafica, 1996-2016, curated by Michele Tavola, edited by Emuse, Galleria Bellinzona 2.0,
(Lecco, 2016).
L’incognita dell’approdo, curated by Luca Giannini, Spazio Lomellini 17, (Genova, 2016).
Short-life memories, curated by Michele Tavola, Nuova galleria Morone project room, (Milan, 2016).
Crocevia, storie di volti tra mari e città, curated by Michele Tavola, Spazio aperto San Fedele, (Milan,
Burned frames for urban papers, curated by Michele Tavola, Contact Zone contemporary art gallery,
(Lugano, 2015).
Controluce, curated by Michele Tavola e Chris Boicos, Chris Boicos Fine Art, (Paris, 2015),
Di navi,di uomini, di pesci, curated by Luca Beatrice, Tedofra Artgallery, (Bologna, 2014).
Urban Visions, curated by Chris Boicos, Chris Boicos Fine Art, (Paris, 2012).


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