“Luiz Vilela’s love of art is so contagious that even the most jaded cynic would mostly likely see things in a different light. There is nothing timid in his style and in his dashing use of color!” — Cathie Viksjo, Hunterdon County Town & Country Living magazine.

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, among others. 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. Recently his works have been awarded in the First Annual International Juried Artists Guild Exhibition at the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona; at the Salmagundi Club in New York; and in the celebrated 2013/2014 (ARC) Art Renewal Center Salon. Vilela’s work is featured in the database of James A. Michener Art Museum, in Bucks County, and it 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.

Luiz is a member of Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, The Salmagundi Club in New York and the Artsbridge’s Group in the Delaware Valley

Solo Exhibition

2010: “Recent Paintings” desChamps Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
2008: “Black & Gold” desChamps Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
2007: “Hunterdon & Landscape” New Hope, PA
2005: “On Nantucket Island” Louisa Melrose Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ
2002: “At The Boathouse” Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
1999: “Images” Mamma Said Cafe, New York, NY


• Finalist in the 2013/2014 Art Renewal Center Salon (ARC) • Recipient of Purchase Prize; Best Portrait Award; and Honorable Mention in the Drawing Category
• Featured in the 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
• Featured in the 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 at The National Arts Club, New York City, 2010
• Robert S. Prichett Award, Lambertville and Surrounding Area 30th Annual Juried Art Show, Coryell Gallery, 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, Coryell Gallery, 2009
• Historical Society Award, Lambertville and The Surrounding Area, 2006 & 2003
• Best in Show, Fourth Annual Art Juried Show, Mellrose Gallery, Frenchtown, 2002

Shad Poster Festival

Luiz likes to contribute to the Shad Poster Festival, an event that happens every year in April, in Lambertville, NJ. The shadfest (shad fest, shad festival) art scholarship fund poster auction benefits local young artists. Luiz has been participating since 2002 and every year he has won awards with his posters in the competition, including four Best in Show Awards, and several Best Humorous Awards.

Articles & Selected Publications

To come.


Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, PA
The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
Associate Degree – Illustration, Pratt Institute, New York, NY
Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
BFA – Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Escola Guignard, Belo Horizonte – Brazil

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