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About Bill Olivas:

The artwork of Bill Olivas conveys powerful portraiture of people of all ethnicities. His is a unique style – a mastery of precision that powerfully captures the essence of human feelings and emotions.

Influenced by early photography, known as daguerreotype photography, Bill’s work is distinguished with rich sepia tones creating his unique style. He specializes in the use of conte', a pastel like chalk which is ground into a fine powder, a binder is added, then it’s applied by brush to create his art work. Bill also simulates this effect using mixed mediums, such as ink, watercolor, acrylic and pastels to enhance some of his images.

After being commissioned to paint many portraits of “people of all flavors”, Bill says, “I find it easy to depict how one looks. What is challenging…

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  • Male
  • Born on September 21
  • Joined July 21, 2007

Favorite materials

conte, watercolor paper, pen and ink, pastels

About

About Bill Olivas:

The artwork of Bill Olivas conveys powerful portraiture of people of all ethnicities. His is a unique style – a mastery of precision that powerfully captures the essence of human feelings and emotions.

Influenced by early photography, known as daguerreotype photography, Bill’s work is distinguished with rich sepia tones creating his unique style. He specializes in the use of conte', a pastel like chalk which is ground into a fine powder, a binder is added, then it’s applied by brush to create his art work. Bill also simulates this effect using mixed mediums, such as ink, watercolor, acrylic and pastels to enhance some of his images.

After being commissioned to paint many portraits of “people of all flavors”, Bill says, “I find it easy to depict how one looks. What is challenging to me is depicting how a person feels. I take a lot of time showing reflections of their personalities.” Bill is most interested in the interpretation and story of life that is portrayed in his work. His images are an “expression of life”. The subject is not the major part of the work – it’s the life he tries to express through it. Recently, Bill has been commissioned by Verizon Amphitheater in San Antonio, Tx to create 26 larger than life portraits of their performing artists. Some of the subjects are, Tim McGraw, Ken Chesney, Dave Mathews, Aerosmith, Usher, and many others. Bill has painted celebrated Latino images such as Frida Kahlo, Emiliano Zapata, Cesar Chavez, and well-known political civil activists like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Bobby Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, artist Bill Olivas, lives and works in San Antonio, Tx. An Engineer by profession and an Artist by passion, has afforded him the time and energy to experiment with many types of mediums and styles before perfecting his technique and unique style.
Public Art Commissions

Bill was commissioned to paint a 30’ mural for the grand opening of the Casa Grande Vagabond Hotel in Los Banos, California in August 2003. The mural is a multi-dimensional panel with an ethnicity theme revealing a history of the Mexican heritage and respective ethnic evolutions in America of celebrated political images such as John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Caesar Chavez and Sitting Bull. He has been selected by Luis Valdez to create a poster celebrating his upcoming 40th anniversary of Teatro Compessino.

Other noted commissioned works of art is the chairmen of the Mexican Heritage Corporation, Fernando Zazueta, whose portrait adorns the walls of the Centro Cultural De San Jose, California, the famous migrant worker and activist Caesar Chavez, which Bill donated to the Caesar Chavez Foundation in Keene, California. Bill has recently been contacted by the Delores Huerta Foundation to do her portrait, cofounder of the United Farm Worker’s Union.

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