Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal has been recognized for his artistic abilities since his early teen years in Miami, Florida, where he studied at the South Miami School of Arts while taking additional studio instruction with Abdon J. Romero. He earned his B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore in 2006, and then spent three years studying and graduating at The Florence Academy of Art. Upon returning to America, the artist started teaching at The Silvermine Arts Center, in New Canaan, Connecticut, and was a guest lecturer at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Over his career, Villarreal has won numerous awards, scholarships, and honors, including the coveted Grand Prize in the 2011 Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition, the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Scholarship Competition, and The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant among others. He has shown his work in several group and solo exhibitions in America and abroad. Recently his work can be found in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art.