Alberto Villalobos' Art Exhibit Honors Mexico's Missing Students

Sep 14, 2018

Alberto Villalobos is probably best known for his music. He's one-third of the ensemble Villalobos Brothers, an ensemble that performs traditional Mexican music with a contemporary flair. He's also a visual artist, working in oils, papier-mâché, and clay.

Hombres de Arcilla
Credit JoAnna Bautch, Latino Arts

Villalobos has lived in Milwaukee for the past year, teaching violin and viola in the Latino Arts string program while touring with his band. Some of his mask making and ceramic work is featured in a solo show currently on view in the gallery space at Latino Arts. It’s called "Hombres de Arcilla" (Men of Clay), and it commemorates the disappearance of more than 40 students in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico in 2014.

Villalobos and Wisconsin-native Meagan Van Ahn, his partner and curator of "Hombres de Arcilla," joined me in the studio to talk about the show: