Hector Villegas is a first generation Xicano from Barrio Logan in San Diego, California. His mother is from Estancia De Los Lopez, Nayarit, Mexico, and his father is from San Felipe De Hijar, Jalisco, Mexico.
Villegas’ art journey began as an apprentice in 2011 during the restoration of the acclaimed National Historic Landmark, Chicano Park. He worked on six murals alongside artists such as Victor Ochoa, Guillermo Rosette, Salvador Torres, Armando Nuñez, Felipe Adame, and Mario Chacon. From this experience he painted three of his own murals in Chicano Park and had his first solo show in 2014.
Hector has exhibited at multiple galleries, most recently at Hecho Gallery in Santa Fe NM, Presa House Albuquerque NM, Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights, LH Horton Jr Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College, Latinx: Art Beyond the Border (2019). Also at La Bodega Gallery, Mezcla: Stirring It Up (2019), San Diego Museum of Art, Local Latin American Masters (2018), CM Curatorial, Barrio All stars (2018), La Bodega Gallery in collaboration with Gregorio Escalante Gallery from (Los Angeles) Los Four Meets Los 40 (2017), California Center for the Arts Escondido, Re-membering Our Ancestors: Discovering Ourselves (2015), Center for Visual Art Metropolitan State University of Denver, In lak’ech, San Diego to Denver: You Are My Other Self (2014),
Currently, Hector is a fine artist, muralist, owner of Galeria 1904 and Mexikota Art Studio. He is also an active member of the Barrio Logan Association and the newly-opened Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center. Hector is blessed as the father of two beautiful girls, Cuicani Quetzal and Yollotli Huitzilac, who inspire him daily.