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Luiz Vilela

Winter at the Philips Mill

Winter at the Philips Mill

Peonies

Peonies

The Window at the Phillips' Mill

The Window at the Phillips' Mill

Babydoll Sheep at Cuttalossa

Babydoll Sheep at Cuttalossa

Morning on the River

Morning on the River

The Delaware River

The Delaware River

The Window at Stover Mill

The Window at Stover Mill

Lambertville Sunset

Lambertville Sunset

Washington's Crossing

Washington's Crossing

In Praise of the Afternoon

In Praise of the Afternoon

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Delaware River Winter

Delaware River Winter

Sunset, Lambert Lane

Sunset, Lambert Lane

The Prallsville Mill

The Prallsville Mill

Canal at Coryell

Canal at Coryell

The Nativity at Cuttalossa Farm

The Nativity at Cuttalossa Farm

Not all that Glitters is Gold - SOLD

Not all that Glitters is Gold - SOLD

The Phillips Mill in Winter - SOLD

The Phillips Mill in Winter - SOLD

The Boathouse Bar in Technicolor - Sold

The Boathouse Bar in Technicolor - Sold

The Window at the Boathouse - Sold

The Window at the Boathouse - Sold

The Boathouse - Winter - Sold

The Boathouse - Winter - Sold

Sailor Lamp at the Boathouse - Sold

Sailor Lamp at the Boathouse - Sold

Babydoll Sheep at Cuttalossa Farm - Sold

Babydoll Sheep at Cuttalossa Farm - Sold

Vintage - Sold

Vintage - Sold

Approaching Twilight - Sold

Approaching Twilight - Sold

Fireworks - Sold

Fireworks - Sold

Fragments of Gold - Sold

Fragments of Gold - Sold

Born in Brazil, Luiz Vilela was raised on his family’s coffee plantation where he developed his love of imagery and all forms of artistic expression. This led him to pursue a degree in Architecture and Urbanism at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. While in college he began his graphics design career working for advertising agencies and designing sets for the theater. A career in book illustration followed. Wishing to broaden his artistic education he moved to New York City where he received a degree in illustration from Pratt Institute and subsequently joined the art department of Random House Publishing. At Pratt, he studied painting with Brooklyn artist Meri Bourgard, among others. He also attended the Art Students League where he practiced with Ronald N. Sherr.

Luiz has studied with artists Nelson Shanks, David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Daniel Sprick, Jeremy Lipking, Kenn Backhaus and Robert Liberace. His artwork has been displayed locally and internationally and has won several awards including several "Best of Show". Luiz's painting "The Phillip’s Mill" was selected by the Art Committee to be featured in all publicity and advertising for the Annual Art Exhibition at The Phillips' Mill in September 2013. Vilela's work is featured in the database of James A. Michener Art Museum, in Bucks County, and his work is included in the permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) Bahia, Brazil. Luiz has had several solo shows over the last decade and has been included in some of the area’s most prestigious shows.

"My goal is to reproduce what I see with my eyes, but also what I feel with my heart. To do that, I must think, imagine, compose and create my truth in a way that makes the art achieve an atmosphere and enchantment that will be universally appreciated," says the artist, who lives in Lambertville, New Jersey, where he has his studio.

Memberships

  • Oil Painters of Amercia
  • Portrait Society of America
  • The Salmagundi Club in New York
  • Artsbridge’s Group in the Delaware Valley

Honors

  • Finalist in the 2013/2014 Art Renewal Center Salon (ARC) - Recipient of Purchase Prize; Best Portrait Award; and Honorable Mention in the Drawing Category
  • Salmagundi Masters Exhibition; the 130th Annual Member’s Exhibition; and The Historic Black & White Exhibition at The Salmagundi Club, New York City, 2014 - Don Donaldson Memorial Award
  • First Annual International Juried Artists Guild Exhibition at the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, 2014 - Honorable Mention Award
  • Featured artist in the publicity and advertising campaign, Phillips Mill Juried Show, 2013
  • Permanent collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bahia, Brazil, 2012
  • Best in Show, May, 2011 Raymar Competition
  • Thora M. Jensen Memorial Award, Hudson Valley Art Association 79th Annual Exhibit, 2010
  • Robert S. Prichett Award, Lambertville and Surrounding Area 30th Annual Juried Art Show, 2010
  • Robert S. Prichett Award for a Scene of New Jersey, Phillips’ Mill Show, 2009
  • Best in Show – Louis Della Penna Award, Lambertville and Surrounding Area 29th Annual Art Show, 2009
  • Historical Society Award, Lambertville and The Surrounding Area, 2006 & 2003
  • Best in Show, Fourth Annual Art Juried Show, Mellrose Gallery, Frenchtown, 2002

Museums

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Bahia, Brazi