Nicolás Villarreal

Executive Director of Visual Development, 2D Animation and Art Direction
School of Animation & Visual Effects

Nicolás P. Villarreal was born and raised in La Plata, Argentina. He studied and graduated from La Escuela de Animación y Cinematografía with a degree in Traditional Animation. While studying animation, Miguel Alzugaray, an established artist from Argentina took him under his mentorship.

Nicolas studied animation and classical painting until he entered the Master’s Program of Animation at the Academy of Art University. Nicolás graduated with honors in the Spring of 2002, and since then he has been working as a Traditional Animator, Character Designer, Sculptor and Visual Development Artist for films and video games, including Walt Disney Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Jim Henson Studios, Sega , Reel FX, Psyop, Digital Domain, Duncan Studios and Amazon Studios, among others.

He has given presentations at Pixar Animation Studios, Dreamworks Animation, Apple, Stanford University, the Sydney Opera House and several universities in South America and Europe, as well as a TEDx talk.

Nicolás is the co-founder of Red Clover Studios where he is currently working on his first feature film “The Aces” as well as the creator and Director of the award-winning animated short films “Pasteurized”, “Nieta” and co-writer and Director of “La Casa de colores “. He is also the Director of Visual Development at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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