Joseph Villanueva Scratches Paint From the Canvas to Create His Work

Joseph Villanueva from Melbourne describes himself as a sgraffito abstract impressionist artist working primarily in acrylics. While creating his remarkable pieces of art, he scratches through a layer of still-wet paint to reveal complementary colors underneath. He uses a palette of bright and optimistic colors to create enchanting landscapes in bloom, beautiful skies and flower gardens.

“Thick acrylic paint is used to achieve the textures showing the history of the paint application and mark-making; the way you can see through to the underpainting where I have scratched creates an overlapping pattern with a beautiful rhythm of colors and textures,” the artist who has a background in architecture and landscape architecture shared with Bored Panda.

Villanueva’s masterpieces have been exhibited both locally and internationally. Although he doesn’t have a big following on Instagram, we still really loved browsing through his page and we believe that you will enjoy it, too. Follow him for future updates.

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Sydney Opera House 2 91.4 x 76.2cm

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