Adrian Villeta, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, captures in his
work a past era embellished with romanticism. More than simply a
photographer, Villeta considers himself a portrait artist – in the style
of the great masters of the genre such as American John S. Sargent.
In each one of his works, the artist searches to impart his stamp by
making sure all elements of the portrait work in perfect harmony as a
whole. Each photograph is printed on black and white on fiber paper
or c print (matte finish) and then hand painted in oil.
His photos, imbued with an elegant romanticism, are based on a strict
study. Through an in-depth analysis of various elements, such as
light , color and atmosphere – as well as an insistent search to show
unique details – each work is presented as a reality in itself. The
past is just the basis for displaying a world of elegance and romance.
Above all, he seeks to emphasize the uniqueness of each one of the
subjects featured in his photographic stories.
An advocate of traditional photography, Villeta studied at Corcoran
School of Art in Washington, DC. With a career spanning 30
years, his work has been included in several exhibitions and his
photographs are part of important private collections.