Sculptures with soul
Throughout his career, Alejandro Vila has demonstrated his versatility and ability to reinvent himself over and over again. The contact with diverse artists permitted him to nurture himself with techniques and different modes of creation.

In 2002 he encountered a new imaginative area. Thanks to the influence of his good friend Jose Fernandez, he began to create sculptures out of aluminum and glass.

His first piece was called, “El Principito envejecido” (The little old prince). This character was born from two cans found in the street, that were transformed into the Prince’s cape, his arms, and his walking stick. With pieces of copper he made the buttons for his suit and copper thread to make his hair. Everything was able to come together thanks to the knotting technique.

Alejandro continued discovering through the texture of the elements used in the Principito. He also invented a shirt, tie, pocket, and watch. When he put on the hair, that’s when he said, “This is the Principe envejecido (the little old prince)”.

Afterwards, he continued with a work called, “Pollo con Pechuga Ernesto” (Chicken with breast Ernesto), which paid homage to Ernesto Montalba, the director of the newspaper El Sur (The South), due to his nickname in Arauco.

In his creations, he emphasizes a link to the past. For example, one of his pieces is called the “Mosca Saavedra”, in remembrance of a school inspector where he studied that used to catch them when they were disorderly.

Another, the eye “Te lo juro por Sandro”(I swear to you by Sandro) , is an expression that uses one of his childhood friends. Hence, the eye has a (joropo) that falls on one side.

The inspiration also comes from what he reads from the objects themselves. Vila gives a second chance to a (mate), a teapot, or a pot.  Four teapot spouts are transformed into the legs of a crocodile called “Paul Hogan”, (the mate) is reincarnated as a bird, and the pot turns into a mask of “Chino con sombrero”(Chinese man with a hat).

In these years, his work has had an evolution and has matured. There is more skill used in the selection of the elements, in the form in which they are put together, and in what they represent and communicate to the audience. Principally, however, they exude tenderness.

Fish that hang from the roof and appear to swim up above, eyes that observe from a corner, masks with expressions of diverse characters-women, foreigners, friendships, neighbors-, animals with many teeth, short legs or that are also briefcases or cocktail purses, or real life women, all of them shape his ideology.

This creativity and trajectory earned him the “Camara Provencial de Turismo de Concepcion” (The provincial chamber of tourism in Concepcion) prize in 2006.  For the same reasons, he was inducted as a member of the Association of Painters and Sculptures in this city (Concepción).

His “Yelmo de samurai” (Samurai helmet) has just returned from touring Hanoi, Shanghai, and Tokyo. This is because the sculpture acquires an existence outside of just its elements, the way the are put together, what the piece says, if it looks at you or not, if you think that it moves or has velocity. It becomes a question of if it has its own expression, or if it has its own soul.