On New Year’s Day 1994…
Hilario faced the monolithic stone temples of Monument Valley, Arizona and recognized for the first time his true nature. As an Arizona native with a rich ethnic heritage consisting of Aztec and Yaqui Indian from his maternal side and Austrian from his paternal side, Hilario always identified with the spirit of the American Southwest. But he had a life-long yearning to express this identity in visual form. So when he returned home two days later he began to paint. He had never painted before this time. His unique identity became evident with his first paintings.
He was drawn to acrylics as his medium and he experimented with color and form. He studied the work of master artists, in particular Gerhard Richter and Dan Namingha, to develop and perfect his technique. Within a year he was selling his work.
- 2017 – Hilario was commissioned to create 17 wood sculptures as part of a $100 Million expansion and renovation of the Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa, Arizona.
- 2013 – Hilario was the Featured Guest Artist in the June issue of Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine.
- 2010 – Hilario was profiled as a Style Maker in the Fall issue of Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine.
- May 2009 – Hilario opened his first museum exhibition at the West Valley Art Museum (an affiliate of the Phoenix Art Museum) in Surprise, Arizona.
- August 2006 – Hilario’s work was reviewed in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hilario has had seventeen solo shows since 1998. His solo show in October 2001 was featured in the Arts section of the Sunday edition of The Arizona Republic. In October 2000, two of his works were selected for the 4th Annual Juried Exhibition by Phoenix’s prestigious ArtLink, Inc.
His work has been acquired for corporate collections such as UBS AG, AllianceBernstein LP, McDonalds Corporation, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, St. Regis Hotels, and DMB, Inc. His work is also in a multitude of private collections worldwide.
In April 2009, Hilario published his first book, Chaos On The Canvas – The Art of Hilario. The book features more than 62 pages of text combined with 35 full color images of Hilario’s work in an over-sized, lay-flat format. It allows the reader to explore the vision, depth, and theory behind some of his most stunning works.
Hilario published his second book, Hilario – Twenty Years An Artist, in 2014. This book offers 193 full color images of Hilario’s work as a representation of the more than 1600 original works he has created in his first twenty years as an artist.