Director, School of Visual Development
Nicolás P. Villarreal was raised in La Plata, Argentina, and studied at Escuela de Animacion y Cinematografía de Avellaneda, as well as under the tutelage of well-known Argentinian artist Miguel Alzugaray. Villarreal graduated with honors from the Master’s program at Academy of Art University in 2002. He has worked as a traditional animator, character designer, sculptor, and Visual Development artist for film and video game companies, including Walt Disney Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Jim Henson Studios, Sega, Digital Domain, Reel FX, and Amazon Studios. He has given presentations and screened his films at Pixar Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, the Sydney Opera House and several universities in South America and Europe.