Do you accept commissions?

Yes. I enjoy collaborating on the creation of a piece of my art. Because I build my own frames, I can create a piece of art in a specific size. I prefer to design the color palette for a commissioned piece but, I always say if you ask for a white piece I will not give you a black one.

How do you pronounce your name?

I use the Castilian pronunciation of Hilario which means that the “r” is not pronounced…

 ee LAAHH thee o


Is it true you were once a professional photographer?

Yes. I studied photography at Phoenix College in the 1970s, in classes taught by well-known Arizona photographer Allen Dutton. I built my own darkroom and created a collection of art photographs which I still have. And, for a time, I was a wedding and portrait photographer.

How did you learn so much about color theory?

I became a licensed cosmetologist in 1976. Over the next 20 years I attended numerous classes and workshops on the art and science of hair color. I developed a strong sense of color theory that not only brought me success as a hair colorist but gave me a solid foundation for using color in my art.

Why do you love the Sonoran Desert so much?

When I was about ten years old, my family moved to the edge of the city in the foothills of the Phoenix Mountains. We were surrounded by virgin desert. I explored every rock and slope of my neighborhood, finding wildlife and plant life in abundance. I would play with the desert frogs swimming in puddles left after a summer rain. I would follow the desert tortoise from his burrow to his feeding ground. I would fall asleep at night hearing the coyote howl outside my bedroom window. I’d wake early in the morning and walk the desert behind my house, filling my senses with the sweet spicy smells of greasewood, brittlebush and mesquite.

There is nothing quite like it and it is in my blood.

How can I find out the price of a piece of your art?

Please contact the gallery where the artwork you are interested in is being exhibited.

How do I authenticate Hilario’s art?

There are several ways to authenticate Hilario’s original art.

Hilario always signs his work with his actual signature. You’ll find his signature on the back of both his Works on Canvas and his Works on Paper. In addition to his signature, you will find the title of the work and, if it is a multi-piece canvas work, the number of the piece plus the total number of pieces; ie, “Piece 1 of 2”, “Piece 2 of 2”, etc. All this is written in his own hand.

Hilario also places his trademarked “Hilario” logo on all his Works on Canvas. The logo is hand signed by him and is usually on the lower left edge of the artwork, not on its face. However, for some of his very early Works on Canvas, created before 1997, the logo may be on the face of the painting, on the lower right edge, or there may be no logo at all. He has also placed the logo on some but not all of his Works on Paper, usually on the lower right face of the work.

Prints of Hilario’s art may have the work’s title and his full name on the bottom of the print or along one edge. Canvas transfer prints usually do not have this but may have a label on the back of the print. Sometimes there is the name or logo of the print’s publisher. Hilario’s prints are published by Third & Wall Art Group and Winn Devon Art Group.

If you are not certain that you have an artwork of Hilario’s, you can contact him through this website. Please include the title and size of the work. Hilario maintains a complete provenance list of all his art that he has sold.