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Villa was born in Bergamo, Italy, and studied at the Andrea Fantoni Art School, Italy.

His first experience of South Africa was as a prisoner of war in 1942. After his release he remained in the country to pursue a career as a sculptor; he worked and lived in Johannesburg.

From his conventional heads and figures of the 1940s, Villa moved progressively through stylised figuration to structural abstraction. The universality of humankind is a theme that dominates his work. Villa’s work reveals both his European origin and his intimate experience of Africa. The University of Pretoria houses the Edoardo Villa Museum.

Seated figure,
steel with painted green patina, 125 x 70 x 100cm, 1969
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