The Statues



Hugo Villa was born in Roppolo, northern Italy, on 20 July 1885. His family village is Ponderano. His father was Dr. Villa Lorenzo and mother, Cabella Teresa. In Turin, he studied medicine and music, (he was a violinistand violin maker). Then, in Albertina, he studied sculpture, at the Academy of Beaux Arts, (R. Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti) for one year. He worked in Bangkok and Mexico. In 1918/20 he immigrated to the U.S.A., and he worked for many years with Gutzon Borglum.

In Texas you can see some of his work in:

  • Texas memorial to Honored dead, with Sam Vosper, Memorial Stadium, Univ. of Tx, Austin.
  • “Henry Smith statue”, TX Highway 36, Brazoria.
  • “portrait bust of Dr. Mark Francis” Texas A&M University, College Station.
  • “German Pioneers Monument”, Landa Park, New Braunfels.
  • “Virgin Mary statue, baptismal font, holy water font, entrance shell, constructed of cast concrete, Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga.
  • In Goliad: Memorial Auditorium: interiors details and entrance panels of cast concrete.
  • Bronze relief plaques in Our Lady of Refuge Church, convent and school, Goliad.
  • Portrait bust of Francita Alvarez, the Angel of Goliad, Presidio La Bahia Museum, Goliad.
  • Various plaques, shields, doorways, and fixtures, Refugio.


She is a sculptress graduate student of the sculpture program of the University of Houston. She is currently a teaching assistant there.


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